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Summer Safety Tips

The kids are out of school, the summer sun is beating down and the pool is open! That’s right, it’s summer vacation!  But with all the wonderful memory making moments that come with those magical three months also come many dangers. As much as we like to pretend we remember all those very important summer safety tips, the truth is most of need a reminder. Plus this summer, as with every summer, there is always a fresh crop of mommies and daddies experiencing their very first summer with little ones.

So here is your basic summer safety refresher course from Life360. These are just a few of the major safety tips you should keep in mind as you begin summer vacation. Be sure to click on the links for even more rules on summer safety on the Life360 blog.

  • Protect Your Family from the Sun – Did you know that 80 percent of a person’s lifetime sun exposure is acquired before age 18? That means the job you do of protecting your child from the sun will have a direct effect on their chances of getting skin cancer later in life. Wear sunscreen (SPF 50) and wear a hat. There is no cancer as easy to prevent as skin cancer yet it remains the most common form of cancer in the United States. Just remember “Slip, Slop, Slap, and wrap.”
 First, slip on some protective clothing. Secondly wear sunscreen. Next, slap on a hat. Finally, wrap on some sunglasses! For more sun safety tips visit here.
  • Protect Your Family in The Water – Did you know that fatal drownings remain the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years? Yep. So, make sure your child knows how to swim as soon as he or she is old enough. And even more importantly, no matter how good of a swimmer your child is, watch them closely! Whether it’s the lake, the beach or the pool. Keep your eyes on your kids! For more water safety tips visit here.
  • Protect Your Family From Nature – When swimming, hiking, boating or anything outside make sure you’re protected with bug spray. And don’t forget to have extra water and a first aid kit when spending time in the great outdoors this summer. For more outdoor safety tips visit here.
  • Protect Your Kids From Danger – With the summer comes trips to the fair and other amusement parks. There is no better time to go over things like stranger danger tips with the kids. When going out to an amusement park (or other crowed place) follow the tips listed here. Of course, don’t forget to make sure your Life360 app is up to date and ready to go as well!

What summer safety tips would you add?

4 Responses to “Summer Safety Tips”

  1. paschott

    I second the sunscreen warning – even on days that you don't think are "sunny" it's needed if you'll be outside for a long time. Clouds don't stop sunburns from happening.

    For bug repellent, we found that the bug bands (wristbands with some sort of repellent) work pretty well for our kid. She reacts pretty strongly to mosquito bites so those are an essential.

    If you're going to be on the water (mostly for boating), use a lifejacket no matter how good a swimmer you are.

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  2. Angie

    I would add that since lots of people have cookouts during these warm months, make sure food isn't sitting out in the heat too long. Food poisoning or e-coli is not fun for anyone. Also, make sure your kids stay hydrated while they are outside in the heat. Drink plenty of water, not just sports drinks, throughout the day to prevent heatstroke and dehydration.

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  3. HexColor

    It's funny that the article's information is from Great Call (a cell phone company) and there is no mention of actually using a cell phone to keep you safe when that seems obvious to me. My sister carries a spare, prepaid cell phone from Tracfone with her on vacation (especially road trips) because she has the unfortunate knack of breaking down and having no coverage. While I don't do that myself, I can appreciate the idea behind it and I think its actually a good idea – especially for people who drive or travel a lot over the summer to cut down on roaming maybe and have more coverage. Just funny that this article wouldn't mention something like a prepaid cell phone that might help out in a jam.

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