Summer is just around the corner and it’s going to be a warm one! Here are few safety tips and reminders of how to beat the heat and stay safe this summer!
- Emergency Training- Make sure you CPR and First Aid training is up to date going into summer season! It’s always better to be prepared and never have to use the knowledge than to really need it and not have it. Practice makes perfect, so be sure to get hands-on training!
- Water safety- Many families have pools in their backyard, make sure you know the rules and if there are child locks. Never leave children around or in the pool alone under any circumstance! When planning for the water, be sure to ask parents what the children’s skills levels are and if there are any special instructions for water play. Some children may need earplugs or swim diapers.
- Sun Protection- Wear it, reapply it every 2-3 hours, and learn to love it! Be sure to get at least SPF 15 with UVA and UVB protection. After checking with the parents that the child isn’t allergic to sunscreen, be sure to apply it if you know you are going outside. Most sunscreens recommend applying it 15 minutes before going in the sun, so plan ahead! The most important part here is remembering to use it; small children likely need to be helped with the application to ensure even coverage and reapplication. (Don’t forget the tops of their ears and the back of their necks!) Sun safety will promote good health habits for life!
- Heat-related Illness- Make sure to drink lots of water and stop for breaks in the shade when playing outside. Young children (under 4) should be closely monitored when playing to verify they are not becoming overheated. If a child is overheated, they may be susceptible to heat rashes, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Know the symptoms of each and how to prevent or treat it! 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm can be the hottest part of the day in the summer; try to stay inside or enjoy shady activities during this time. Also check the heat of the equipment if you go to a playground by pressing the back of your hand to the surface for 5 seconds. If it it too hot for your hand, it is too hot to play on. You want to make sure the kids won’t get burnt bottoms on that slide!
- Bug bites- With the warm, sunny weather comes bugs! Ticks, mosquitoes, and chiggers are just a few of the bug bites you might see over the summer. Make sure you apply insect repellent before going outside, especially in grassy areas. Always check for bites when returning inside; many of these bugs can carry disease like Lyme Disease and West Nile, so it’s important to protect yourself and the children you are watching! Beware of allowing the children into tall grass, as larger predators like snakes may not be easily seen until too late!
- Poison Ivy/Oak- Make sure you know how to recognize poisonous plants, and if you or the kids run into it, how to treat it! While typically not life threatening unless there is a severe allergy, you still want to be sure to let the parents know so that they can continue treatment and if possible, to have them remove the poisonous plants.
Always stay in communication with the parents so they are up to date with any concerns. No matter how hot or cold your summer is, be prepared by following these babysitting summer safety tips!