When the school bell rings, make sure that your kids are set to have a safe summer out in the sun!
The summer is no doubt the best time of year for many teens. From summer camp to volunteering to potential summer jobs, there is no shortage of constructive, healthy ways that teens can spend the summer. Another big attraction in the summer months? The great outdoors! Spending time outside is always a good idea, but in hot states like Florida a little planning is necessary to ensure a safe summertime.
Before letting your teens loose this summer, review our tips for staying safe while outdoors:
- Pay attention during sports. Sports injuries can tend to rise in the summer as kids are playing sports out in the sun. Know how to recognize a concussion, when to go to the Emergency Room, when to see the doctor, and when you are okay.
- Practice helmet safety. When kids are having fun in the neighborhood, it's easy to run out the door without a helmet. Make sure your kids know that when riding a bike, in-line skating, skateboarding, or engaging in any other potentially dangerous activity, a helmet is essential.
- Wear sunscreen! Kids and adults of ALL ages should abide by this rule, but it is especially important for young children whose sensitive skin is still developing. Don't feel the burn. Don't underestimate the sun's strength. Whether it's a day on the beach, a few minutes unattended in a car, or simply a walk around the block on a hot afternoon, it can be deadly.
- Be aware of water. Boating, swimming, and other fun water-related activities are always a big hit in the summer, whether you're on a river, lake, or the ocean. Practice water safety and be aware! Read more water safety tips from the Red Cross.
What are your best tips for keeping teens safe while outdoors this summer?
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