A Safer Summer
Summer is a great time to get your family moving together in the great outdoors. If you’re aiming for the recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week, you might as well do something fun. Here are some tips for staying safe while enjoying the summer.
Sign your children up for swimming and water safety lessons as early as possible. Make sure everyone wears sunscreen, and give kids scheduled time out of the water for bathroom visits, water breaks and meal time. Children should be supervised by an adequate number of adults who can swim to watch the children the way a lifeguard would.
Bring a paper map, know the terrain and plan your route. Remember that mobile phones aren’t always dependable on some trails. Adults and kids should use sunscreen and insect repellent (you can use repellent with up to 30 percent DEET on children). Don’t forget to bring enough food and water.
Parents should teach their children to ride safely on protected trails or routes, and make sure bicycles fit each child’s size. Cyclists of all ages should wear sturdy shoes to avoid foot injuries and proper helmets and reflective gear. And again—don’t forget sunscreen and water.
Long runs should be reserved for older kids; after puberty is a safe bet. If you go out with your teen, leave the headphones at home and be aware of your surroundings, including pedestrians, cars and bikes.
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