As the summer sun starts to shine down on families across North America, we can’t help but bask in the warm weather and enjoy more time outside. But as temps rise and outdoor fun becomes a more common way of spending time together, there are a few extra steps all families should take to keep everybody safe and happy.
Increased time outdoors means increased risks and opportunities for accidents, and while this might sound dramatic or scary, it doesn’t have to be! The important thing is to stay aware and alert when enjoying your summer fun. We’ve put together a list of our top 5 simple tips to ensure that everybody enjoys a safe, healthy summer season in 2022 and beyond!
Heat Exhaustion: Know What To Look For
Knowing the signs of heat exhaustion in kids (and adults) is a great first step towards being able to keep your family feeling their best. Here are some of the most popular signs of heat exhaustion – which can lead to heat stroke – in kids from Childrens.com:
- Cool, clammy skin
- Muscle cramps
- Increased irritability
According to the same source, children can be at a higher risk for heat stroke if they’re overweight, taking certain medications, are sunburnt, or are currently sick. If your child or anyone else is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion, take them to a cool place to hydrate, cool down, and gently stretch muscles.
You guessed it, we’re talking about helmets, life jackets, and other safety necessities that can help prevent serious accidents and injuries when enjoying summer activities. While your child may be a confident swimmer and a long-time bike rider, accidents can happen more quickly than many realize. Wearing proper safety equipment can help save lives.