The great outdoors poses many dangers for little ones, and you not only want to keep a sharp eye on them at all times but you also want to do other things to protect them. As the adult in the life of a child, you are the responsible one. Here are some tips for keeping little ones safe when they venture outside, whether it’s summer or winter.
Pool And Water Safety
Whether you have a pool at home, you frequent a public pool, or you take your kids to the beach to swim, it’s important to know water safety and to protect little ones from drowning. That starts with never leaving them unattended around open water. Even at the beach or a public pool with a lifeguard on duty, you are the one responsible for your kids. Lifeguards are there to save people, not babysit.
Teach children to swim at a young age, if you plan to do a lot of swimming with them. Make sure they use floatation devices. You also want to make sure your home pool has a fence around it. Even when the pool is covered it can pose a safety threat to young children.
Bugs And Bites
As annoying as bug bites and bee stings are for you, bug encounters can often be traumatic for kids. Do what you can to avoid them by using bug spray when necessary. Pick something with safe and natural ingredients that won’t harm your child.
From walking to school on school days to trick or treating, there are many times when it is important that your child knows street safety. Whether they are young enough for you to still be walking them places or old enough to go on their own, make sure you’ve repeatedly gone over the rules of safely navigating the streets.
A couple of the most important rules are to never talk to strangers (unless it’s a safe stranger, like a police officer) and to always look both ways before crossing the street.
Warm Weather Safety
Different weather and seasons call for different safety precautions when it comes to spending time outside. During the warm months, when little ones are spending more time in the outdoors, it’s important to keep them covered in sunblock. This is an extremely important time to protect their skin because the sun exposure they get when they are younger can increase their risk of getting skin cancer when they’re older.
Cold Weather Safety
While the sun is still shining in the winter, there are some other safety precautions you should be taking with your children when it gets cold out. Mainly you want to make sure they are bundled up whenever they go outside. Frostbite can happen quickly, so make sure they are always wearing a warm jacket, warm socks with their boots, a hat, and gloves. A scarf is also a great defense against cold winds and wind burn.