Is your family excited that warm weather is finally here? Spring and summer are the perfect time to get outside and have some fun with sports and other activities. But before your kids start enjoying the great outdoors, you’ll want to take some steps to keep them safe. Here are a few essential tips to having safe, outdoor fun with your family.
Don’t Use Toxic Chemicals on Your Yard
Kids of all ages love to play in the yard, so make sure yours is safe for everyone. Toxic pesticides and fertilizers can pose a threat to kids and pets for years to come, so look for alternatives. You can find natural pesticides or simply make your own. It’s fairly simple to mix up natural pesticides with ingredients you probably have in the kitchen. Using natural lawn and garden treatments is better for the health of your entire family.
Provide Protection From the Sun
Spring and summer sports mean your kids are spending a lot of time outdoors. While some sun exposure is healthy, you want to make sure your children are protected from getting too much of it. Just a few bad sunburns can increase the risk for skin cancer by up to 80 percent for your children, so keep your kids covered with breathable sleeves and hats. Use safe, non-toxic sunscreen to protect uncovered areas, and don’t forget about the tops of their ears and feet. If it’s an especially sunny day, avoid going out on the hottest part of the day and provide adequate shade in the yard when you do venture outside.
Practice Pool and Water Safety
If you’re lucky enough to have a pool to cool off in when the mercury rises, you’ll want to take some extra steps to keep kids safe. Supervise children whenever they are playing or swimming in the pool. Talk to them about water and pool safety, and keep some floats nearby in case of emergency.
If you have other children in the neighborhood or kids with special needs, think about purchasing a pool alarm that will alert you whenever someone enters the water. Even if you don’t have a pool, be aware that small children can drown in even a few inches of water.
Don’t Attract Harmful Pests
Natural pesticides can prevent annoying or harmful bugs from getting into your yard. There are also other steps you can take to keep pests out from spoiling your fun. Don’t leave standing water in the yard for an extended period of time. Even a small amount of water, like that in a dog bowl, can be enough to breed mosquitoes. Aside from causing itchy bites for your kids, mosquitoes carry dangerous diseases that can pose a threat to humans and pets. Keep mosquitoes and other pests out of your yard by keeping it tidy, dry, and clean.
Keep a First-Aid Kit Nearby
When kids are playing sports and having fun, scrapes and cuts are sure to happen. That’s why it is wise to have a fully stocked first-aid kit on hand whenever your family is outside. Stock your kit up with essentials, like bandages, gauze, anti-bacterial cream and tweezers. If your kids use any medications, such as an inhaler or an EpiPen, keep those items in your kit or close by at all times. Teach your children how to call for help if an emergency does happen, and consider learning some basic first aid and CPR to keep your family safe in all situations.
Whether it’s a round of volleyball in the yard or some laps in the pool, kids love getting outside once warmer weather arrives. It’s a great way to enjoy the season, but make sure your kids are safe when they’re having fun playing outside. Now, get out there and have some fun making memories together, because fall will be here before you know it!