Summer Safety for Kids | 5 Things to Know

​​​​​Don't let a medical emergency or accident ruin your family's summer. Brush up on your summer safety knowledge with these five things to know.

Lyme disease is common among boys ages 5 to 9

Reported cases of Lyme disease between 2001 and 2010 were most common in boys ages 5 to 9. No matter your child's gender, protect him or her from Lyme disease by following these tips: 

  • ​Control the tick population in your yard by regularly mowing and removing debris
  • Use an insect repellant that contains 20 to 30 percent DEET
  • Do a head-to-toe check of your child's body after outdoor play​​


Infants and toddlers need help staying cool
Prevent overheating by dressing your child in light-colored, breathable clothing on warm and hot days. Stay in the shade when possible, and keep an eye out for signs of heat exhaustion, which include heavy sweating, weakness and nausea.

If your child shows signs of heat exhaustion, move to a cool spot and give him or her water to drink. If your child is vomiting or faints due to heat exhaustion, seek medical attention.

Drowning is a real danger
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the No.1 cause of unintentional injury death in children ages 1 to 4.

Reduce your child's risk of drowning by teaching him or her how to swim as early as possible. A child who cannot swim or who is not comfortable swimming should wear a properly fitted life jacket when in or around water.

And never let your child swim unsupervised. For more water safety tips for the whole family, click here.


Teens who are home alone need guidance

If your teen will be staying home alone this summer, give guidance to help him or her avoid injuries and accidents.

First, establish rules for his or her safety. Then, quiz your teen on how he or she would respond to an accident or dangerous situation.

Make sure your teen knows how to use home appliances, and show him or her how to use the fire extinguisher.


Sunburns increase skin cancer risk

Sunburns increase the lifetime risk of skin cancer, even in children.

Protect your child from sunburn by applying a sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF about half an hour before going outside. Reapply sunscreen every two hours.