With school back and the cooler months on the way, it’s that time of the year when kids head back outside. Teach your kids a few simple rules to keep healthy and safe.
Whether it’s in the playground, camping, boating, swimming, biking or other fun activities, it’s all about the outdoors. There’s more chance of children having accidents, such as playground falls or coming off their bikes, when they’re out and about away from home.
This means your children should be made aware of the rules of safe outdoor play to become “Superheroes of Safety”.
“Sustaining a serious injury can be a life-altering event for a child,” says Jerry Gantt, chairman of the board of directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children, a US group that provides specialised care to children with health problems such as burns, spinal cord injuries and orthopaedic conditions.
“We see patients every day with injuries caused by accidents and we are committed to raising awareness about how to stay safe.”
Here are some tips from Shriners Hospitals for Children to help your family enjoy a fun, injury-free time outside:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States have reported that emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children aged 14 and younger every year for playground-related injuries. Before your kids head to the playground, keep these precautions in mind:
While playing poolside may be a blast, Safe Kids Worldwide reports that drowning is the leading cause of injury-related deaths for children aged one to four and it is the third-leading cause of injury-related deaths among those under 19.
Prevent accidents and injuries with these tips to ensure your family’s safety around water:
Boating, tubing and other water sports can be great fun but can also be dangerous. According to the US Coast Guard, nearly 71 per cent of all boating fatalities are drownings; 85 per cent of which are a result of failing to wear a life jacket. Here is what you can do to enjoy the water safely:
According to the US Centers for Disease Control, 126,035 children aged 19 and under were seen in emergency rooms for fire and burn injuries in 2013. Use these tips to keep children safe around fires, fireworks, grills and other sources of heat:
To see more tips, find activity pages and learn how to become a Superhero of Summer Safety, visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/safesummer.
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