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Summer Safety Tips for Children

The McClellan Law Firm

Summer is here, and with it comes warm weather, breaks from school, vacations, trips to the beach and any of a host of other activities. With this in mind, now is the perfect time for a refresher on summer safety for children.

As a parent or caregiver, there are several simple steps you can take to keep the children in your care safe during summer months. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other government agencies offer helpful information on their website involving this important subject.

According to a recent NHTSA news release, Focus on Summer Safety for Kids, we can take the following measures to protect our children during the summer:

  • Never leave your child unattended in a motor vehicle. Even during mild summer weather, the temperature inside a vehicle can quickly rise to dangerous or deadly levels. Check before you leave your vehicle, and consider leaving an item in the back that will help you remember your precious cargo, like your purse or a cell phone, etc.
  • Do not leave your vehicle unlocked in your driveway or other place where your children may have access to it. Children may climb into unlocked cars and may be unable to get out, which can lead to heatstroke or even death. Make sure your children know not to play in or around cars.
  • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, call 911 immediately. Everything should be done to get a child out of a hot car and cooled off as soon as possible – minutes can make a difference.
  • Teach your children pedestrian safety, and always hold your child's hand while crossing the street or if you are walking near parked or moving vehicles.
  • Make sure your children always wear helmets when riding bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, skates, scooters, etc.
  • Teach your children bicycle safety.
  • Supervise your children when they are riding their bicycles, scooters, etc.
  • Always make sure your children wear their seatbelts when they are being driven in motor vehicles.
  • Children should ride in the back seat of motor vehicles, properly secured by seat belts or in car seats or boosters, depending on their age, height and weight.

Considering the various water activities that take place during summer months, we also urge you to take the following steps to keep your children safe while on or near the water:

  • Never allow your children to swim alone or unsupervised.
  • Keep a close eye on your children while they are in or near the water, preferably remaining within reaching distance.
  • If you have a pool at your home, make sure it is properly fenced so your children cannot access it without your knowledge.
  • Do not leave pool toys out on the water or near a pool in the open, where children may be enticed to play and swim when you are not present.
  • Get trained on rescue breathing and CPR.
  • Even if a lifeguard is present at a public pool, beach or water park, always supervise your children.
  • If you are going to the beach or swimming in another natural water source, check weather and water conditions first.
  • Make sure your children wear lifejackets if you go out on a lake, river or beach on a boat or other watercraft.

By taking the above steps, we can help prevent summer accidents and injuries involving our children. After all, summer is a time for our kids to relax, take part in new adventures and spend time with friends, family and loved ones. Let's make it a safe summer for us all.

For more information regarding any type of accident or injury involving a child or adult, The McClellan Law Firm may be able to help. Our injury attorneys represent clients across San Diego in cases involving car accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, swimming pool injuries, defective children's products and more. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and answer your questions – call today.