It’s officially here. For the kids, summertime should be full of fun and made of memories. Too often it is not. The National Safe Kids Campaign estimates that every year, one in four kids ages 14 and younger will sustain an injury that requires medical attention. 40% of all injury-related emergency room visits, and 42% of all injury deaths happen between May and August.
Now the good news: “We can keep kids free from about 90% of these accidents by educating ourselves and our kids on how to stay safe while still enjoying summer vacation,” according to a report from the Safe Kids Campaign. It’s our responsibility as moms and dads to review a summer safety checklist, take the necessary precautions, and discuss them with your children.
This is hardly a complete list, but these are some of the major areas of concern:
Bikes & Helmets
Be sure your child wears a good, safety approved helmet to significantly reduce injuries. Also, be sure your child follows basic bicycling safety rules. Look right and left at an intersection, stay on the right side of the road and be careful around pedestrians. It’s also a good idea to have a bicycle go through a safety check at the start of the new season to make sure brakes and other devices are in good operating condition.