Summer can bring additional worries when it comes to your children- here are some safety tips children summer heat
Even in moderate weather with the windows slightly down, kids can suffer from heat stroke causing serious injuries and sometimes death. Simply leaving the air conditioner on doesn’t make a child safe.
Here are some safety tips for the Miami Heat:
Children and Automobiles:
- Never leave a child unattended in a car. Not even for a minute.
- Always lock the car and secure the keys so that the children you are watching cannot get to them.
- Warn the children you are caring for about playing in and around cars.
- Get the kids out of the car first, and then worry about unloading the groceries and items out of the car.
Children and Water Safety:
Drowning is one of the leading causes of child deaths each year. Here are some tips to help keep kids safe around water:
- Never leave a child unattended around water. Children are drawn to it, and very young children can drown in just an inch of water.
- Use extra caution near water and sand as they reflect UV rays and may result in sunburn more quickly.
- Empty all buckets, pails and bathtubs completely after each use – do not leave them full and unattended.
- Always supervise young swimmers.
- Do not mix alcohol and supervision of children.
- Be sure that if you are watching a child near water that you know how to swim, get emergency help and perform CPR- if you do not, then you should not be caring for a child or children near water.
- Apply sunscreen, even on cloudy days, and reapply every two hours, or after swimming -use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
Children and Outdoor Fun Activities in the Miami/ South Florida Sun:
- Have kids wear a properly fitted helmet when riding a bike, skateboard, scooter or rollerblading.
- Use caution with outdoor grills when children are present.
- Limit sun exposure for kids and infants. Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours – between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- The best of line of defense against harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure is covering up. Wear a hat with a three-inch bill facing forward, sunglasses (look for sunglasses that provide 97% -100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays), and cotton clothing with a tight weave.
- The intensity of activities that last 15 minutes or more should be reduced whenever high heat and humidity reach critical levels.
- Before prolonged physical activity, children should be well-hydrated and should not feel thirsty. For the first hour of exercise, water alone can be used. Kids should have water or a sports drink always available and drink every 20 minutes while exercising in the heat.
- Excessively hot and humid environments, more prolonged and strenuous exercise, and excessive sweating should be reasons for children to substantially increase their fluid intake.
- After an hour of exercise, children need to drink a carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage to replace electrolytes lost in sweat and provide carbohydrates for energy.
- Clothing should be light-colored and lightweight and limited to one layer of absorbent material to facilitate evaporation of sweat. Sweat-saturated shirts should be replaced by dry clothing.
- Practices and games played in the heat should be shortened and more frequent water/hydration breaks should be managed with the children you are caring for. Children should seek cooler environments if they feel excessively hot or fatigued.
Last but not least as an
make sure you are fully aware and have prepared an Emergency Contact List in case a situation may arise.