KAISER PERMANENTE: Tips for a Safe and Healthy Summer Season
For many, summer is a time to relax and spend time with family and friends. Vacations, parties, barbecues and picnics are great summer activities, but it’s important to encourage your family to stay on track for a healthy lifestyle. Three months of unhealthy habits could be more than enough to undo all of the hard work you’ve done to stay healthy, eat well, and be active. Summer is also a time when kids have more free time, so they’re often unsupervised for longer periods of time and are more likely to be injured from accidents. Here are some tips to keep you and your family healthy and safe this summer.
- Safety First! Make sure you and your kids wear helmets and protective shoes when biking, skateboarding, or using scooters. Review your rules for safety when crossing streets, talking to strangers, visiting friends, etc.
- …Especially in the Pool! NEVER leave children alone near or in a pool, river, lake, or ocean. If your child can’t swim or isn’t a strong swimmer, make sure they wear a a float of some sort and stay in a shallow area. If you can’t swim, don’t be the only adult supervising children in the water. Most importantly, learn to swim and make sure your children learn as well: It could save your lives!
- Be Safe in the Sun! Use sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 and reapply every two hours, more often if you have been sweating or swimming. Wear a hat and sunglasses if you are going to be outside for a long time. Remember: Even if you or your children aren’t getting visibly sunburned, and even if you’re African-American, exposure to too much sun can be bad for your health in the future.