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Fun (and Safety) in the Sun

July 30, 2020

Summer in Alaska is one of the best times for outdoor family fun. These tips can help ensure your family stays safe while getting outside this summer:

Water Safety

from the American Red Cross

  • Always supervise young children during water play. Drowning is one of the leading causes of "injury death" in children ages 1 to 4.
  • Take a CPR class. The skills you learn might save a child's life.
  • Always wear a properly fitting life jacket while boating, and wait until baby is big enough to fit in a life jacket before taking her on her first boat ride. Check out Alaska's Kids Don't Float program to learn about life jacket loaner boards.
  • Teach children not to swallow water while swimming in pools, rivers, lakes, or oceans to prevent water-borne illnesses.

Heat & Sun Safety

from KidsHealth.org

  • Never leave a child unattended in a car. The temperature in a car can raise to a life-threatening level in a matter of minutes.
  • Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to children 15 minutes before going outside, and reapply every two hours or when children get wet.
  • Avoid scheduling outdoor activities when the sun is the strongest, usually between 10 am and 4 pm.
  • Ensure children have access to plenty of drinking water and shade.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if your child has signs of heat-related illness.

Injury Prevention

from the CDC

  • Check that playgrounds have soft material under them such as wood chips, sand, or mulch.
  • Read playground signs and use playground equipment that is right for your child’s age.
  • Look out for things in the play area that can trip your child, like tree stumps or rocks.
  • Always wear a helmet while biking, skating, etc. to prevent serious brain injury.
  • Learn the signs of a concussion and what to do if a concussion occurs.

COVID-19

from HealthyChildren.org