Keep Kids Safe This Summer: Summer Safety Tips

As summer heats up, the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) is prioritizing child safety by releasing vital tips to help keep children safe. Focusing on water safety, window safety, bicycle safety, playground safety, and the dangers of leaving children in hot cars. Here are some summer safety tips to keep your loved ones safe this summer:

Water Safety

Drowning is a leading cause of injury-related death among children. Here’s how to keep kids safe around water:

  • Stay Vigilant: Always watch kids when they are in or around water, without distractions.
  • Secure Water Containers: Empty tubs, buckets, and pools immediately after use and store them upside down.
  • Close Lids and Doors: Keep toilet lids and doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
  • Install Fences: Ensure pools have a fence on all sides with self-closing and self-latching gates.
  • Learn CPR: Knowing CPR can be crucial in emergencies. Find a low cost, online course here:

Bicycle Safety

Cycling is a great way for families to stay active, but safety precautions are crucial:

  • Wear Helmets: Ensure helmets fit properly and are snug.
  • Fit the Bicycle: Adjust the bicycle to fit your child’s size, including seat height and handlebar level.
  • Avoid Hazards: Be cautious of road, sidewalk, and playground hazards.
  • No Night Riding: Avoid riding at night for better visibility and safety.

Playground Safety

Playgrounds are great for development but can pose risks without proper supervision:

  • Fenced Playgrounds: Choose playgrounds with fences to keep children from running into streets.
  • Safe Surfaces: Ensure playgrounds have soft ground surfaces like mulch or rubber.
  • Check Equipment: Regularly inspect playground equipment for safety and maintenance.
  • Monitor Temperature: Metal equipment can get hot in the sun and cause burns.

Window Safety

Open windows can be a significant hazard for young children. Prevent falls with these tips:

  • Install Guards: Properly install window guards or stops to prevent falls.
  • Lock Windows: Keep windows locked when not in use.
  • Move Furniture: Keep furniture away from windows to prevent climbing.

Hot Car Safety

Vehicular heatstroke is a leading cause of non-crash-related fatalities among children. Prevent tragedy with these steps:

  • Never Leave Unattended: Never leave a child alone in a car, even briefly.
  • Lock Vehicles: Always lock your car and keep keys out of reach.
  • Reminder System: Place a stuffed animal or personal item in the front seat as a reminder of the child in the back.

Also, remember to talk to your kids about stranger danger. Never go off with someone they don’t know or just met, no matter how nice they seem!

By following these essential tips, families can ensure a safe and enjoyable summer for their children. Stay informed and vigilant to prevent accidents and keep your loved ones safe. If you or a loved one has been injured due to unsafe conditions, please contact an experienced lawyer today.