We all know the typical summer precautions: wear sunscreen, watch out for mosquitos, be aware of more kids playing outside now that school’s out. But what about other ways to ensure everyone has a safe and fun summer? Here are some helpful tips:
Keep A First Aid Kit Nearby
With more kiddos playing outside, a fully stocked first aid kit can come in handy. At very least, make sure to have plenty of Band-Aids and antibiotic cream on hand. Nothing’s worse than needing a bandage and not having one. If you want a full first aid kit at the ready, consider purchasing a ready-made kit or use this shopping list to make sure you have everything you need:
- Adhesive tape
- Anesthetic spray or lotion for bug bites and rashes
- Sterile gauze pads for big scrapes
- Ace bandages
- Oral antihistamine medication
- Exam gloves
- Antibiotic cream
- Non-adhesive pads for larger wounds
- Pocket mask for CPR
- Large Ziploc bags for ice packs
- Safety pins
- A sling
Prepare For Guests
We do so many things automatically at home that we don’t consider hazards in and around the house. If you’re planning to have little kids visit, be sure to walk around outside and inside. Try to see it from the point of view of a child visiting a new place.
Are there hazards you should place higher up? Is there a potentially dangerous woodpile out back? Is there a designated place for friends to park their bikes when they come over to visit? Shifting your perspective to take guests into account can help keep everyone safe.
Check On Play Spaces
Now is a great time to double-check the security of your swing set since it’s probably seen a lot of use already this summer. Making sure everything is nice and secure in the playground set in your backyard can reduce the chances of small and large injuries.
Remember Mower Safety
Each summer, physicians see an increase in injuries from lawnmowers. Review lawnmower safety with your kids if mowing the lawn is part of their responsibilities. Be sure to remember those tips yourself.
Stay hydrated while mowing the lawn, too! Drinking throughout the day – even if you don’t feel thirsty – will keep you from getting dehydrated.
Respect The Sun
As a reminder, your risk for melanoma doubles if you’ve had five sunburns in your life. Don’t rely on one application of sunscreen to keep you safe from sunburns. Set a timer on your phone if you need help remembering to reapply sunscreen, and consider wearing long sleeves if you’ll be out in the sun for a long time. We know it can get really hot in Texas, but lightweight fabrics can keep your skin safe.
And if you’re picnicking in the sun, be sure to keep all your food nice and cold! Food poisoning incidents increase over the summer, often from unsafe food preparation and storage while outside.
With a little preparation, you can keep you and your family safe this summer!