Here you’ll find everything you need to know about swimming safety. Whether it’s a trip to the beach or a dip in the community or backyard pool, you can ensure that swimming is as safe as it is fun by following a few basic safety tips.
The Hard Facts
Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1-4.
· Actively supervise children in and around open bodies of water, giving them your undivided attention.
· When there are several adults present and children are swimming, use the Water Watcher card strategy, which designates an adult as the Water Watcher for a certain amount of time (such as 15-minute periods) to prevent lapses in supervision. Download a Water Watcher card here.
· Whether you’re swimming in a backyard pool or in a lake, teach children to swim with an adult. Older, more experienced swimmers should still swim with a partner ever time. From the first time your kids swim, teach children to never go near or in water without an adult present.
· We know you have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind – and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better. Local hospitals, fire departments and recreation departments offer CPR training.
· Educate your children about the dangers of drain entanglement and entrapment and teach them to never play or swim near drains or suction outlets.
- See more at: http://www.safekids.org/poolsafety#sthash.65OwQEqc.dpuf .
Summer time usually includes traveling time for so many families across the country. Whether your summer adventures are on the road, in the air, or just preparing for family and friends to visit, here are a few tips to help you travel safely over the summer:
On the Road
Check Your Car Seat. Did you know that 73 percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly? Before you hit the road this season, please take 15 minutes for an at-home car seat checkup using the Safe Kids downloadable checklist. The checklist offers ways to make sure your car seat is right for your child and that the seat is installed properly. These tips are important because we know that when used correctly, child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent.
Use Booster Seats. Safety in the car goes beyond your little ones. Kids who have outgrown a forward-facing harness seat are not ready for a seat belt or front seat yet. They are safest in a booster seat that enables the adult seat belt to fit properly. Even when children have outgrown booster seats, they are safest in the backseat until the age of 13.
Have an Exit Strategy. So the car is packed, the kids are in the right seat, the seats are installed properly, and you’re on the open road. Nothing can stop you now, right? Wrong. That’s when you hear that all too familiar howl that means “I want food” or “Change my diaper.” When it happens, please don’t worry about making good time. Instead, get off at the next exit and find a safe area to feed or change your child.
On a Plane
Don’t Forget the Car Seat. Flying can be an incredible experience for children – either for the first time or as a repeat explorer. If you’re planning to travel by air this summer, be sure to bring your child’s car seat onto the plane. Check to make sure the car seat is labeled “certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft.” For babies and toddlers, this is the safest way to travel.
Make Time Fly. Before you head down the runway, make sure you bring plenty of books, games and drawing supplies for young kids. You might need more than you think to keep your little traveler occupied. When you’re in the air, it’s the perfect time to connect over a game of Go Fish or Mastermind.
At a Relative’s Home
Talk Before you Walk. Staying with relatives can give parents much-needed time to relax, whether it’s sleeping in, grabbing a bite to eat or escaping to the movies. Before you do, talk to your relatives about being extra careful to keep small objects away from young kids. This includes medications, which can look like candy, button batteries, magnets, small toys, and other objects that are small enough for children to swallow. Also mention the importance of supervision when your kids are around water. Then go out, don’t worry and have fun.
Have a great summer.- See more at: http://www.safekids.org/blog/what-parents-need-know-safe-summer-travel#sthash.JswyBII2.dpuf
My dad has always loved big shiny toys. Cars, grills, televisions and tools never fail to bring out his inner child. However, he has never cared much for big owner’s manuals. In fact, he can hardly be bothered to read the heating instructions on frozen dinners, much less read the small novels that come with most electronics today. Whether it’s Christmas, a birthday or Father’s Day, I’ve grown used to hearing my mom ask, “Honey, did you read the manual?” only to be met with a glare as my dad fumbles with his new toy, assuring us that he knows what he is doing.
Naturally, when summer rolled around this year, he unearthed our old grill from the depths of the garage and declared that we would be having a barbeque. The rest of my family exchanged worried looks, knowing that it had been years since my dad grilled anything. More importantly, the owner’s manual had met an untimely demise, having been thrown away on the first day the grill was purchased.
My mother inspected the grill cautiously, turned one of the gas knobs and listened for a hiss of propane. “Does this thing even work anymore?” she wondered aloud. My dad responded with his familiar fatherly confidence, “of course it works.” As he stepped forward to attempt starting the grill, the rest of the family simultaneously took a step back.
We were sure that the garage was about to be engulfed in flames, but much to our relief the grill would not start. He wrestled with the big metal beast all afternoon, but with no manual to help him he eventually admitted defeat. That evening, he dragged me to the hardware store to pick out a new grill for the summer. For a moment, I thought he might have learned his lesson. I thought that perhaps he would read the manual this time, and our family could have a barbeque without fearing for our lives.
Immediately upon returning home this hope was crushed as he tossed aside the manual and began turning knobs and pressing buttons in his famous “trial-and-error” fashion. I grabbed the booklet for safe-keeping, and began to read it. The first few pages were full of warnings and cautions about how to properly use the grill. I realized all the ways that grilling can go wrong, some of which I had never considered before.
I understand that not everyone is going to read the instruction manual from cover to cover. However the page on safety is one that shouldn’t be missed. In case your grill’s manual has gone missing, or you have a dad, or are a dad, who is as instruction-averse as mine, here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
· Position the grill well away from siding, deck railings, out from under eaves and overhanging branches and a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic.
· Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below grill so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.
· Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire because the flames can flashback up into the container and explode.
· Grill only outdoors! If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces, such as garages or tents, barbecue grills pose both a fire hazard and the risk of exposing occupants to carbon monoxide.
· Keep children and pets away from the grill area by declaring a 3-foot "kid-free zone" around the grill.
· Never leave the grill unattended while cooking. The number one cause of residential fires is unattended cooking.
While I am still crusading for my father to read the entire manual, I was able to convince him to at least read the safety warnings. Thankfully, my family can rest a little easier now and throughout the rest of the summer knowing that our barbeques won’t become fireworks shows. Have fun this Father’s Day and all throughout the grilling season; just remember to read the manual and stay safe!
- See more at: http://www.safekids.org/blog/manual-labor#sthash.oVQWR621.dpuf