Keeping kids safe around pools.

Now that school kids across Dallas are starting their summer vacations, it’s time to start planning summer activities. While you are planning some fun summer activities,  It’s also time to think about keeping kids safe around pools.  About 40 percent of all injury-related emergency room visits and 42 percent of all injury deaths occur between May and August. In order to keep your kids safe, here are a few easy tips to follow:

  • Be vigilant about water safety.    Never leave kids alone near around a pool or other body of water.      Every year in the U.S., thousands of kids are injured in near-drowning accidents, and hundreds of kids drown. Take precautions around home pools, and never leave the kids alone, even for a minute or two. Pool gates and alarms should be used.

 

  • Wear helmets.  If your children are biking or riding a scooter or a go kart, make them wear a helmet. Head injuries can cause death or brain damage. Make sure to choose a helmet that has been approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

 

  • Avoid heatstroke. Many people think of heatstroke as a minor issue involving becoming overheated. However, heatstroke is deadly serious. It can result in organ failure and death. To avoid heatstroke, stay hydrated when you are in the heat, and try to stay inside or in the shade during the hottest parts of the day. Children are more susceptible to heatstroke than adults,      because it is harder for their bodies to regulate changes in temperature.

 

  • Avoid sunburns. Getting severely sunburned as a child makes developing skin cancer as an adult much more likely.  Be vigilant with applying sunscreen that has a minimum of 30 SPF.

Summers can be a great time for children and families, but while you are having fun make sure you take steps to protect your family.