The summer holidays are now well underway with youngsters enjoying playing out with friends and having fun.
But all that can be spoiled if a child becomes ill or injured so we, who provide children’s community services throughout Wiltshire, have come up with ten top tips to keep your kids summer safe.
- Use a high factor sunscreen on and keep topping it up. Even when it’s cloudy the suns rays are much stronger in summer so it is important to make sure your youngsters are well covered in a sun cream of at least factor 15 to prevent them from getting sunburnt. Make sure they drink plenty of fluids and stay in the shade if it is very hot.
- Make your children water aware. It is easy for children to get out of their depth in rivers, lakes and the sea. Jumping into water can also be dangerous as there may be rocks or other dangers just below the and jumping into cold water can cause serious problems, even for good swimmers. Wear hats/caps.
- Teach your children the Green Cross Code to keep them safe crossing the road https://www.roadwise.co.uk/schools/using-the-road/green-cross-code/
- Tell your children to stay away from dangerous places like quarries and building sites. They can be very enticing for young people but also very dangerous.
- Don’t let children close to barbeques until they have completely cooled down. Charcoal and the metal grills can stay hot for some time after the cooking has finished.
- Strangers – Make sure your children know what to do if they are approached by a stranger whilst they are out playing. http://clevernevergoes.org/why-clever/
- Bikes/scooters/hover boards – Wearing helmets and other protective gear can make the difference between a bruise and a trip to A&E
- Explain that it can be dangerous to drink out of lakes, rivers and ponds as not only could they fall in but they could also become unwell if the water is contaminated.
- Although lighting a camp fire can be great fun, young people really do need to be supervised by an adult as, especially in dry weather fires can quickly get out of hand.
- If they have a mobile phone to stay in touch make sure it if fully charged before they leave home.
Val Scrase, Head of Operations for Wiltshire Children’s Community Services, said: “Just letting your children know how to stay safe when they are out playing can make sure they have a great summer holiday and stay injury free.”
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