By asking that question, you’ve taken a great first step. You see, the desire to protect our children is deep-rooted in most parents. We know the world as it truly is…unpredictable and unforgiving. Our kids, on the other hand, may not have come to that realization yet. So, how can we start off this summer in a way that keeps us from being the dreaded “fun-sucker”?
First of all, take a deep breath. By asking the question in the first place, you proved your focus was in the right place. By going in search of information like this, you have proven your children are a priority. Good job.
Now, let’s take a look at the cold hard facts. As the weather gets warmer and there is no more school to contend with, kids like to move outdoors to relax, unwind and have fun. When they do, they enter an arena that opens up new challenges for the concerned parent.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, summertime is wrought with unique opportunities for injury and heat-related issues. To help you out, they provided a checklist I found stuffed with information, so I’m passing it on to you. Read over the article in its entirety. If you are reading this article on our website, then simply click on the links embedded in the article. These links will take you to sites identified by the CDC to help improve the summer safety for your kids. If you are reading a printed version of this article, then grab what you can from the printed material and then, when you have an opportunity, take time to visit the website for the CDC at:
On the CDC site, you will find all you need to know about the steps you can take to help you have a safer summer.
Until you can visit them, here are some simple steps you can take to guide your children into the summer safely.
Swimming and other water activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity and health benefits needed for a healthy life. Get the most from vacation while helping everyone stay safe.
- Protect yourself and your kids in the water where you swim and play.
- Help prevent recreational water illnesses.
- Get H2O Smartz about water safety.
- Stay safe while boating.
- Wear life jackets and prevent drowning.
Watch out for the heat. The best defense is prevention. Those at greatest risk of heat-related illness include infants and children up to 4 years of age.
Most child injuries can be prevented. Injuries are the leading cause of death in children aged 19 and younger.
- Play it safe on the playground. Each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children aged 14 and younger for playground-related injuries.
- Learn what to do if a concussion occurs. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works.
- Stay smart around the house by following tips on fire prevention, microwave use, and living with pets.
- Prevent injuries. Protect the ones you love.
- Help working teens learn about safety and health on the job.
Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on teens’ emotional development.
Remember, in the end, you are the greatest champion of your own safety and that of your family. Constable Christopher Diaz, and your family at Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 2, hopes you have a safe start to the Summer 2014 season.