It's May, and that means one thing: School is almost out for the summer! While there are still a few more weeks of homework and final tests, it is never too early to think safety. Here are some tips to get your summer started off on the right foot, the safe one, that is.
Stay hydrated when you're outside in the heat! Drink lots of water before, during and after outdoor activities to stay healthy. By the time you're thirsty, you may already be dehydrated — so drink water regularly when you play outside, even if you're not super thirsty.
Use sunscreen when you're playing outside, even on cloudy days. Kids 6 months and older should use SPF 30 or higher to protect their skin. Babies under 6 months should not use sunscreen but should be covered by fabric and have an umbrella or shade to block them from the sun.
Make sure you're always supervised when swimming. Kids older than 4 years old should take swimming lessons; most public pools offer these. You can get in trouble fast if you're not careful in the water, so make sure parents or a lifeguard are around every time you're in the water, even if you've had swimming lessons.
Many people love soaking up the sun, but keep in mind that being outside in really hot weather for too long can make you sick. Early afternoon is the hottest time of day, so avoid being outside during this time on very hot days. Take activity breaks and drink lots of water on hot days. Stay cool and stay healthy while you have fun in the sun!
Enjoy summer sports and activities safely by wearing the right protection. If you love riding your bike, don't forget to put on your helmet before you pedal away. Helmets are important for skateboarding and skating, too. If you play sports, make sure you have the right equipment. If you have any questions, ask your parents or your coach. They want to make sure you're safe!
Relax and enjoy your time away from school! There are so many fun summer activities and, if you follow basic safety rules, you'll stay healthy and safe and go back to the classroom with some great stories to share with your friends.
For more information on summer safety and other topics, visit the "Summer safety" section of the SSM Cardinal Glennon KidsHealth Library.