6 tips to keep children safe this summer - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

6 tips to keep children safe this summer


Summer is a time for "fun in the sun", but it is also a time when kids are prone to suffer injuries. What can parents do to keep their children safe? 

Pam Fair from Safe Kids Columbus visited the WTVM studio Wednesday morning, July 9, and suggested six tips for keeping kids out of harm's way during the summer months.

1. Keep kids hydrated. "One of the things that we were talking about is to make sure to keep your children hydrated, Fair says. "That's a big thing. When they're getting out, and they're hot and sweaty, that's really key to try to prevent some of those injuries."

2. Protect children's skin from the sun. Fair recommends using sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, and reapplying every few hours when the children are in the sun for a long time. 

3. Inspect equipment before letting kids play on it. Fair recommends that before parents let kids play on playgrounds at parks, restaurants and other places, be sure to check it out first. "Really inspect the equipment," she says. "Make sure it's not broken or rusted, and look out for metal equipment that can get really hot in our Georgia summer heat."

4. Keep an eye on the kids. "Of course, you can never, ever get around supervision. You've got to supervise your kids when they're at play," Fair says.  

5. Give children proper footwear. While flip-flops can keep feet cooler, Fair says they're not a good idea when children are playing. "You really want to make sure those feet are covered. That's really important to make sure that safety precaution is there," she says.

6. Protect kids as a team effort. "I just think it's great for everybody to look out for each others' kids if you're at the park," Fair says. "It was so great to hear—the child that was left alone in the car in the news this week—someone took action and did something about it. Just be the eyes and ears for kids, because they don't always have a voice. You know, they're placed somewhere. They don't always have a voice, and they don't always have a way out. It's up to the adults to make sure that we keep our kids safe."    

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