Take Action Tuesday: Summer Safety

May 18, 2016

As Alaska heats up for the summer, keep the children in your care safe with these tips:

Water safety

  • 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 and Sun safety

  • 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 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Never allow anyone to attach a rope, jump rope, leash, or similar items to playground equipment. Children can strangle on these items, so remove anything you find tied to playground equipment.
  • Never allow children to handle fireworks. Instead of buying your own fireworks, attend a community firework show run by professionals.