10 tips for protecting kids during the summer

July 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm Leave a comment

By Debbie Frye, General Manager, Flyerland.ca  

Summer is here and that means lots of fun outdoor activities—swimming, biking, skateboarding, rollerblading, trips to the playground and more. You want your kids to have fun, but you want to protect them too, and the cost of equipment can get pretty pricey. This list of tips can help keep your kids safe and will safeguard your spending too.

Water safety. Swimming is favourite summer activity, but pools and hot tubs can be dangerous for little ones. Be sure the fencing around your pool area and property is secure, that gates are kept locked and check your deck for wear and tear. If there are any loose boards, holes or exposed nails, repair or replace them to avoid accidents. See the Home Depot flyer on Flyerland.ca for hardware deals.

Watch kids around water. Teaching kids to swim at an early age is one way to help keep them safe around pools, lakes and streams. But kids should never be left alone when in the water—they need adult supervision at all times.

Be water wary. When enjoying boating, fishing and other water sports at the cottage, be sure the kids wear their life jackets—having them in the boat is not enough. If a life jacket is damaged, replace it, don’t try to repair it. Check out the Bass Pro Shop’s flyer on Flyerland.ca for special savings.

Sun protection. Summer means fun in the sun, but the harsh rays can be damaging. Be sure kids two years and older are wearing a high SPF sunblock at all times, and remember to reapply every two to three hours and after swimming, even if the product claims to be waterproof. Shopper’s Drug Mart and Rexall Pharma Plus have everything you need to keep the kids safe from the sun.

Avoid bug bites. In the past, bug bites were just a summer annoyance. But today with the West Nile Virus and other infections, it is important to protect your family from mosquitoes and other pests. Canadian Tire can help you to stay fully stocked on bug repellent.

 Stay well-hydrated. Dehydration is a danger we often forget. Make sure kids always have a water bottle handy when they’re out playing or away at camp. Let them choose their own water bottle in a fun colour or design and they’ll want to use it. You’ll find lots of great choices at Zellers.

Two and four wheel fun. Summer would not be complete without bikes, skateboards, scooters and roller blades, but these fun summer activities also top the accidents and injuries list. Kids must wear helmets, wrist guards and elbow pads at all times. Visit Flyerland.ca and see the Wal-mart flyer for equipment deals.

 Protect your home and car. When summer temperatures rise, it’s not uncommon to leave windows open in your home and car to beat the heat. But home invasions and auto thefts increase during the summer, so keep cars locked and windows closed. And don’t leave iPods, cellphones or other electronics in cars where they can be seen and encourage a break-in.

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