Summer’s almost here in Nebraska, and that means it’s time for fun in the sun and evening cookouts with family and friends. If your family has children, summer is the perfect opportunity to enjoy time outdoors with them, but safety must always be prioritized. Children are at a higher risk for injury during the summer due to the amount of time most kids spend outside.
Here are 6 summer safety tips for Nebraska families:
Supervise Your Kids Around Water
Whether your children are swimming, playing near a pool, playing in a shallow kiddie pool, or running through the front yard sprinklers, always keep an eye on your kids whenever they’re around water. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death during the summer months and can almost always be prevented.
Helmets Save Lives
Insist your children wear helmets while biking, skateboarding, skating, or riding a scooter. Head injuries like traumatic brain injuries are extremely serious and can be life-threatening. Don’t take any risks—protect the head whenever possible.
Prioritize Safety in the Car
When traveling during road trips or driving short distances, buckle your children in safely and teach them the importance of buckling up and remaining safe inside a car. When driving long distances, be sure to not fall into the trap of driving while distracted. Our nation’s highways will see a great deal of travelers this year. Don’t become the cause of a car accident.
Stay Safe in the Sun
Stress the importance of using sunscreen before enjoying a day in the sun. Look for a sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 and provides UVA and UVB protection. Make sure to reapply sunscreen after swimming. If your family will be out in the sun for a long period of time, wide-brimmed hats for the whole family are also a smart idea.
Drink Plenty of Water
Any time you enjoy time outdoors, make sure to have extra bottles of water with you. Chill them in the freezer so they stay cold all day. Stay hydrated at all times and remind your loved ones to drink plenty of water during the summer months.
Remember Pedestrian Safety
When your kids play outside near the street, make sure to stress the importance of staying on the sidewalk. If they must cross the street for whatever reason, teach them how to look both ways before crossing the street and how to walk to the nearest crosswalk before crossing. Summer is the perfect time to teach children about pedestrian safety.
Stay safe and have fun this summer by following the above tips. For any questions you may have about staying safe in Nebraska this summer or to receive legal advice for an injury or accident you were involved in, don’t hesitate to reach out to Welsh & Welsh today. Our Omaha personal injury lawyers are on your side and available to answer questions any time.