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For County Health Departments

Keep the Fun in Summer by Putting Safety First

For Release: (Date)
Contact: _____, Administrator
(County) Health Department
(Phone)

A safe summer is a fun summer for everyone. The _____ County Health Department and the American Academy of Pediatrics remind you to take safety precautions when going on a trip or enjoying outdoor activities.

Your family can enjoy a fun and safe summer by following these safety tips:

Sun Safety

  • Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.
  • Keep children out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and wear clothing to stay cool.
  • Babies less than 6 months old should be kept out of direct sunlight.

Pool Safety

  • Never leave children alone in the pool, even for a moment.
  • Adults watching children in the pool should know CPR and be able to rescue them.
  • Surround your pool with a sturdy five-foot fence with gates that self-close and self-latch at a height that children can't reach.
  • Keep a telephone and rescue equipment like a life preserver and a long pole with a hook on the end near the pool.
  • Use life vests for proper safety and avoid using swimming aides like "floaties."

Playground Safety

  • Make sure metal slides are cool enough to prevent children from burning their legs.
  • Make sure children cannot reach any moving parts that might pinch or trap any body part.
  • Carefully maintain all playground equipment.
  • For added safety, swings should be made of soft materials like rubber, plastic or canvas.

Travel Safety

  • Before you start a trip, always buckle up car seats and seat belts correctly.
  • To protect your child, read the manufacturer's instructions for car seats, and the vehicle owner's manual to ensure correct installation and fastening of harnesses and seat belts.
  • Put your child in the back seat, the safest place.
  • Never place children in rear-facing car seats in the front seat of a car with air bags.
  • Keep children entertained with car games, activity books and story tapes.
  • Make periodic stops along the way.
  • Keep supplies such as snacks, water, medicines and a first aid kit in the car.

Bug Safety

  • Don't use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays when playing outdoors.
  • Avoid areas where insects nest and congregate, such as stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods and flower gardens.
  • Avoid dressing your child in clothing with bright colors or flowery prints.
  • Remove an insect stinger from the skin with tweezers or gently scrape off horizontally with a credit card or fingernail.

Dog Bites

  • Never leave your infant or young child alone with any dog.
  • Teach children basic safety precautions such as not surprising or scaring a dog, and not approaching an unfamiliar dog.
  • Contact your pediatrician whenever your child receives an animal bite that breaks the skin.

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