This is a post by our new KidzVuz blogger, Diane Nassy. Diane is a lifestyle/family blogger. Her blog can be found at http://www.philzendia.com. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues.
Summer is one of the most anticipated seasons of the year, and each time it rolls around it takes all that a parent has to keep their kids indoors. While summer is incredibly fun and great for family time, having a few summer safety tips up your sleeve is important to make sure that summer fun does not turn into summer pain. Since playing in the sun and water are the most common activities, here are a few tips for both to keep your family safe this summer. And once your children hit the tweenage years it’s important for them to understand these rules and implement them on their own, always.
Water Safety Tips
• Never swim alone. Swimming alone is one of the most dangerous things that you can do. It may seem like a good idea to start out but without someone to help you if something goes wrong, it can result in serious injury or even death. Even if the person that accompanies you does not swim, having an extra set of eyes and ears can make a world of difference.
• Use proper flotation devices. This tip is especially important for kids (and parents) who enjoy water sports such as kayaking and water skiing. A flotation device will help keep your child afloat and will also help keep your child warm.
• No horseplay. Though rough housing is fun, and it is generally the first thing that children want to do in the water, this type of play can easily lead to a child being submerged for too long. It may also lead to injuries such as concussions, cuts and bruises, and even broken bones in some cases.
Sun Safety Tips
• Drink plenty of water. Though this is perhaps one of the most common tips that is out there, it is also one of the most important. Staying hydrated in extreme temperatures can help keep your body from going into shock and helps promote healthy kidney function. By staying hydrated you can also keep up your energy for more fun in the sun.
• Wear sunscreen, even on cloudy days. Overcast days are the worst for sun exposure as many people do not think they can get burned when the sun is not shining. Harmful UV rays filter through the clouds and often times cause worse sun burns on cloudy days than those when the sun is high in the sky.
• Rest frequently. In high temperatures and constant sun exposure, it is very easy to get tuckered out, which can sign an end to summer fun. Taking a few minutes every hour or so to simply sit and rest can help keep you playing for hours on end.
Heeding the safety tips listed above will allow you and your children to enjoy a safe and fun filled summer.