Children's Seasonal Injury Prevention
Swimming is a great physical activity for kids but it is important for parents to be mindful of the following while their children are in their pool:
- Be alert: Keep a constant eye on your children while they are in a pool and never leave them unattended. Regularly scan the bottom of the pool.
- Be present: Avoid poolside chats and talking on the phone, which could distract you and take away your attention. Designate a Water Watcher or a designated adult who agrees to watch the kids in the water without distractions.
- Be prepared: Keep a first aid kit, phone and emergency numbers near the water. Call 911 in an emergency and learn CPR as a precaution.
- Use appropriate safety measures: Install a fence or wall that is at least five feet high around the circumference of the pool.
- Teach your child how to swim: Enroll children ages four and up in a swimming program to reduce their risk of drowning.
Children love watching fireworks displays but they can cause severe injury or burns if not used with appropriate caution. Follow these fireworks safety tips to protect your children from injury:
- Follow laws: Ensure that you comply with local laws before using fireworks; it is illegal to light fireworks at home in many areas. Do not use fireworks indoors — it is best to attend outdoor, public fireworks displays with your children.
- Keep water and first aid handy: Keep a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher handy, in case of an emergency.
- Supervise your child: Always ensure that children are at a safe distance from fireworks and never leave a child unattended near fireworks or at a fireworks display. Do not allow young children to ignite fireworks. If a firework fails to go off, instruct your child not to go near it.
- Dress your child appropriately: Avoid dressing your child in loose clothing or having any flammable substances nearby.
While Halloween is an exciting time for kids who love to dress up and collect candy, unfortunately, it is also a time that is associated with a high number of child pedestrian accidents.
- Review pedestrian safety rules: Go over some basic safety rules with your child:
- Looking left-right-left when crossing
- Making eye contact with drivers before crossing
- Crossing at street corners or intersections
- Using sidewalks and looking out for cars backing out of driveways.
- Use safe costumes and accessories: Avoid dressing your child in long costumes that may make them fall or trip over. Face masks that obstruct or limit their view should also be avoided. Ensure that costumes and accessories are flame resistant and place reflective stickers on your child’s clothing or make them carry glow sticks if they will be trick-or-treating after dark.
- Walk with your child: Avoid sending your child without adult supervision, especially at night.
- Educate your community: Ask your neighbors to be extra careful and alert, and to watch out for kids crossing or walking on the street.
For more tips, download SafeKids Worldwide’s Halloween Safety infographic.