Safety Tips for the Summer
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Posted by Lisa D. on June 16, 2016 in Acuity Focus

The summer is a great time for everyone, but no one enjoys summer quite the way kids do—no school, plenty of free time out in the sun playing with friends, spending weeks at camp making new friends, or keeping the summer heat away with some fun in the water. But as all parents know, with fun activities comes a little bit of risk.

 

To help ensure your children have a safe and fun summer, here are five easy safety tips:

 

  1. Cover up from the sun. The best defense for UV rays is covering up. If possible, keep kids in the shade during peak sun hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  When they must be in the sun, be sure to apply sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher. If a child is showing symptoms of heat exhaustion (heavy sweating, rapid pulse, headaches, and excessive thirst) have him or her take a break in the shade and drink water.
  2. Be smart around water. Don’t let children under the age of five in water without an adult in the water with them. For children over the age of five, an adult should still be present when they are in the water. In open water, be sure to use the buddy system and don’t let children swim alone.
  3. Keep the bugs away. Unfortunately, along with the summer sun come the insects. Keep them away by using an insect repellent with 10 to 30 percent DEET for children over the age of two months. If a bee stings your child and you need to remove a visible stinger, scrape it out with your fingernail or a credit card.
  4. Wear helmets when biking. Biking is a great way for older children to get around on their own in the summer, but make sure helmets are worn no matter how short the ride. If you are purchasing a new helmet, ensure it has the CPSC safety standard sticker.

 

Children make some of their best memories in the summer months. Allow them to have fun, but make sure they stay safe. What other safety precautions do you take in the summer months?

Lisa D.
Lisa D. has over 14 years of experience in the auto insurance industry, including 12 years at ACUITY. She obtained her P&C license and sold personal insurance for two years before starting at ACUITY, where she focuses on researching new auto coverages, helping with the auto pricing system, and leading auto insurance-related projects. On top of that, Lisa has her Association in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Personal Insurance (API) designations. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys cooking, photography, and spending time with her family. The last two go hand in hand, as she takes pictures of her kids every day.


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