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Are there certain safety issues caregivers should review with children during summer each year?

Dr. Ruff discusses summer safety issues to discuss with children. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


After being cooped up inside during the cold winter months, most kids and families can’t wait to get outside and enjoy summer’s warm weather. Spending more time outside, however, comes with the responsibility of addressing safety issues with children before the fun begins.The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the following sun and water fun safety tips to discuss with kids:

  • Bicycle safety
    • Always wear your helmet
    • Wear knee and elbow pads
    • Only ride your bike with adult supervision in safe areas with little or no traffic
  • Bug/outdoor animal safety
    • Don’t play with or pick up bugs and animals that are not familiar to you
  • Fireworks safety
    • Fireworks – and the lighters or matches used to ignite them – are for adult use only
    • Sparklers can be fun, but should only be used with an adult’s help and guidance
  • Lawn mower safety
    • Lawn mowers are not toys. They are only for older kids (16 and older on a riding mower and 12 and older with a walk-behind mower) and adults to use
    • Dirt, stone and other objects can fly from the mower. Stay away from all mowers when they are in use
  • Playground safety
    • Shoes must stay on at all times
    • Do not leave the playground area where your parents or the adult taking care of you is
    • Be careful around slide, swings and other equipment that has been in the sun. Ask an adult to check to make sure they are not too hot
  • Pool safety
    • Don’t play in or near the pool without an adult
    • No running near the pool
    • If the child can stand in the pool, instruct him or her how far/deep they are allowed to go safely
  • Trampoline safety
    • Don’t jump on a trampoline with other kids
    • Only use a trampoline that has mesh safety walls
    • Only use a trampoline with adult supervision

Following a few of these safety tips and re-enforcing them to your children can help ensure a fun and safe summer.

For more tips on summer safety topics to review with your children, talk to your child’s physician.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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