The final school bell rings this week, the pencils and notebooks are packed away and the kids are ready for some summer fun!
Kitterman Woods hopes that everyone enjoys this special time of year, but we want to also remind everyone that there are potential dangers during the summer months, and it’s important to be aware of what they are.
Teach children to walk, not run, across the street. Children should cross only with an adult or an older, responsible child.
Whenever crossing the street, try to make eye contact with any drivers nearby, to be sure they see you.
Teach children to avoid running out from between parked cars and, always hold your child’s hand near any moving or parked vehicles.
Use sidewalks whenever possible.
Adults always need to set a good example!
Adult supervision is of paramount importance. Parents need to focus on their children 100% of the time. No distractions!
Practice “touch supervision” (a term used by the American Academy of Pediatrics). This means that at all times, the supervising adult is within an arm’s length of the child being watched, when near or in the water.
Remember, no child or adult is “drown proof.”
Avoid sun exposure during peak sun hours (10 AM – 6 PM).
Wear protective clothing and a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses (with 99-100% UV protection).
Sunscreen is a must (on sunny and cloudy days)! Look for products with UVA and UVB protection and an SPF of at least 15 (according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Association of Dermatology).
Sunscreen should be applied liberally 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapplied every two hours or sooner if swimming, sweating or toweling off.
Look for shade whenever possible.
Dehydration and Heat-Related Illnesses
Keeping well hydrated is very important.
Children (and adults) must remember to drink.
Do not wait until a child says he is thirsty before offering fluids. At this point, he is already dehydrated, so be sure to provide plenty of fluids before going outside, while out in the heat and afterwards.
Playing in the hot summer sun means lots of fluid losses, so avoid strenuous activity during peak sun hours (10 am- 6 pm). Look for shade and take lots of breaks.
Seek medical attention immediately for any signs of heat-related illness.
HAVE A GREAT SUMMER