*This is a sponsored post brought to you by the American Cleaning Institute.*
These summer safety tips will help you keep your children safe during the summer months.
Summer Safety Tips for Parents: How You Can Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer
Indoor Summer Safety Tips for Your Home
Get CPR trained.
It may help you save a life, possibly even that of your child.
Put your packets up.
I’ve partnered with the American Cleaning Institute on an initiative that I am excited to share with you. Together, we’re educating parents and caregivers about the importance of practicing laundry safety, including properly using, storing and handling liquid laundry packets. Remember to put your Packets Up! and out of reach from kids and anyone at-risk of accidental exposure.
To help keep your home safe, here are some quick tips:
- Store liquid laundry packets up high and out of sight and reach of children
- Completely close and seal liquid laundry packet containers after use
- Always store liquid laundry packets in their original containers.
Check out this post to learn more about laundry packet safety: Put Your Packets Up
Practice your fire escape plan.
Summer is a great time to have a family fire drill.
Map out how your children should escape their rooms should the need arise, set up a designated meeting spot, and then practice at least once a year.
Lock up your liquor.
This one isn’t for your delightful teenagers, it’s for their friends. As much as you trust your kids to make good choices, if your kids have friends or acquaintances who come into your home you have to worry about them as well. Yes, they’re awesome too, which is why it would be devastating if one of them got hurt or hurt someone else because they snuck some of your craft beers while you weren’t paying attention, drank them, and then got behind the wheel of the car.
They make liquor locks that attach directly to individual bottles, but you can also use a liquor cabinet or a safe to protect your teens.
Protect your windows.
It’s great to get fresh air when the warmer temps hit, but open windows can also be extremely dangerous. In fact, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, open windows rank as one of the top five hidden dangers in the home.
To keep your family safe, the Window Safety Task Force recommends you:
- Teach children to play away from windows
- Teach caregivers and children that screens keep bugs out, but they do not keep children in
- Install window stops or guards that meet ASTM standards – limiting windows to opening less than 4 inches
- Keep furniture or anything a child can climb away from windows
- Always supervise children and ask about window safety when your child visits other homes
- For a double-hung window on an upper floor, install a window guard or stop that keeps children from pushing the bottom window open
- Lessen the potential impact of injury from a fall through strategic landscaping – use of wood chips, grass or shrubs beneath windows
Outdoor Summer Safety Tips
Mind your children around water.
We all spend a ton of time around the water in the summer, but drowning is a serious threat to people of all ages.
Drowning can happen to a person of any age, and they continue to be the second leading cause of preventable death through age 15. The risk diminishes significantly after the age of 2, but drowning prevention and water safety is imperative for all families, particularly if you have younger children and children that can’t swim.
It’s important to monitor your young children and poor swimmers while they swim, and talk to your older children and teenagers about pool and water safety.
When it comes to teens, the following advice may help them avoid tragedy:
- Remind them not to go in the water unless they know how to swim
- Don’t allow them to ever swim alone
- Teach them CPR and rescue techniques
- Be extra cautious swimming outside of pools. Lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water pose extra dangers like currents, debris, and wildlife.
- Teach them to deal with a current. If they do get caught in one, tell them they shouldn’t try to fight it; stay calm and float with it, or swim parallel to the shore until you can swim free
- Tell them to only swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard
- Don’t allow horseplay or dive in shallow ends of the pool
- Remind them of the danger of alcohol around water. Alcohol is involved in about half of all male teen drownings, according to KidsHealth.org
Beware the sparklers.
Did you know fireworks injure thousands of people each year on the 4th of July alone? Burns, injuries to eyes and extremities, damage to property, and even death are dangerous consequences of fireworks.
It’s best to keep your children away from these and let them watch the fireworks show from the sidelines.
Keep it cool.
Excessive heat can quickly lead to injury and illness, particularly in kids. As the temps rise, it’s important you practice heat safety and learn to deal with heat related illnesses to help your kids stay cool and healthy.
You want your kids to spend time playing outside in the summer, but try to have them take their breaks during the hottest time of the day and always be sure they’re dressed appropriately for the weather and drinking plenty of water.
Get your child a proper fitting helmet.
And then make them wear it!
Watch out for creepy crawlies.
Teach your children about areas that could hide dangerous spiders and snakes and encourage them to stay away or be extra cautious around these places.
Also, check your children for ticks when they come in from playing outdoors in the summer to ensure none of the little critters decided to hitch a ride.
Check around their socks and in crevices like behind their ears—one could be hiding.
To learn more about liquid laundry packet safety and other cleaning product hazards in your home, be sure to check out the American Cleaning Institute.