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Summer Safety Reminders For Families

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(WLNS) - School is out for most Michigan kids and the days are getting longer.

That means more time outside so the physicians at the Michigan State Medical Society have some reminders on how to keep summertime healthy for children.

1. Mind the mercury. High temperatures can cause heat exhaustion, illness, or even death. Avoid prolonged exposure to heat by keeping kids out of closed vehicles, and finding relief in air-conditioned locations when it’s needed.

2. Use sunscreen. Sunburn is no joke. Not only is it painful, it can also dramatically heighten the risk of skin cancers. SPF 30 sunscreen or higher is recommended, and sunscreen should be applied at least 15 minutes before sun exposure.

3. Get a drinking habit. Water is essential to beating the heat. Physicians recommend drinking a glass every 20 minutes during physical activity—but don’t forget to stay hydrated when you’re relaxing too.

4. Be savvy about swimming. Make good choices where lakes and pools are near. Never leave kids unsupervised in water, even if they know how to swim. Make sure pools are fenced and latched, and prevent running on pool decks.

5. Wear bike helmets. There’s a good reason for helmets—they work to prevent serious head and brain injury during falls and collisions. Make sure every rider has one, even the adults.

6. Keep clear of bugs and ticks. The smallest creatures can cause the greatest discomfort or illness. Wear insect repellent in the woods and during the evening. DEET is best, but there are quality natural alternatives available to help keep bugs away.

7. Play it safe on playgrounds. Make sure equipment is safe before using it, and ensure little ones aren’t wearing loose clothing or hoods that can catch and cause problems.

8. Know how to work a crowd. Summertime often means visits to fairs, carnivals, and amusement parks. Make sure your family has a plan in case you are separated, and develop a system for keeping track of little ones.

9. Don’t park your kids’ brains. After a few weeks of summer, it can be tempting to let the television or video game occupy your children. However, this can stymie brain development, and there are no substitutes for real social interaction. Kids do have to return to school sooner than you think, so have a limit, stick to it and keep their brains active.

10. Be aware. Simply, the best safety advice is always to be conscious of your surroundings. Simply thinking ahead and staying attuned to risks can prevent many summer accidents.

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