5 Tips for Staying Safe Outdoors This Summer

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Summer is practically here, and that means it’s time to get your kids off the couch and outside to play. Exploring, sports, and countless activities outside are a big part of what makes summer so great.

But making sure your kids stay safe while playing outdoors presents its own set of difficulties. A sun burn, heat exhaustion, or pesky insect bite can take all the fun out of playing outside.

Here are 5 tips for staying safe outdoors that ensure your kids can get the most out of summer.

Be wary of exposure to the sun’s UV rays

For children over 6 months old, use a sunscreen with at least a 15 SPF rating. Try to apply 15 minutes before going outside, and reapply at least every 2 hours.

It’s also a good idea to have your kids wear hats and lightweight clothing that covers the arms and neck.

Combat dehydration with plenty of water breaks

Dehydration is of particular concern during the summer months. Keep your children hydrated by having them take plenty of water breaks while playing outside.

Be extra cautious around pools and swimming holes

To prevent accidental drowning, always make sure your kids are under close adult supervision when playing in the water, no matter how good of swimmers they are.

Know how to battle bugs

Insect repellent can be a good way to keep bugs away from your kids, but be careful about what type of repellent you buy, and how you apply it. There are some good repellents out there that use natural ingredients like lemon and oils. If you use a repellent with chemicals like DEET, find one with a low concentration and avoid applying directly on the face.

Insist on having your kids wear a helmet

Helmets are vital to preventing a debilitating brain injury. Here’s a good rule of thumb: if your kids are on wheels, make sure they’re wearing a helmet.

You can apply all these safety tips without being overbearing—the most important thing is to enable your children to enjoy the outdoors. And while you’re at it, you can rediscover a love of the great outdoors for yourself, too!

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