About summer safety

Now that the warmer weather is upon us, your children will be outside more enjoying the fresh air & sunshine. Every year over 200,000 children receive emergency room care for playground related injuries. That's one child every 2 ½ minutes! Most injuries are the result of falls to the ground from equipment. These falls can cause serious injuries such as broken bones, but they can also cause serious brain & spinal cord injuries or even death. Young children should be supervised at all times. Make sure that they play on playground equipment that is appropriate for their age. Check the surface under playground equipment to make sure it is covered with material that can cushion a fall, such as the mulch that is under our equipment here at Jennie Dean. Remove or cut the hood & neck drawstrings from outerwear to prevent strangulation. Make sure that spaces in guardrails or between ladder rungs, etc. are less than 3 ½ inches (so children can't get their heads in) or more than 9 inches (so they can get out). Check the equipment to make sure there are no loose or protruding bolts, jagged edges, or sharp points that might cause injury. Make sure metal surfaces are not hot! Metal equipment that is too hot can cause burns in just a few seconds. Make sure there are no obvious hazards around the playground such as broken glass. Bicycles cause more childhood injuries than any other consumer product except cars. A bicycle is considered a vehicle. Children need to learn the rules of the road & obey all traffic laws. Wearing a properly fitted bicycle helmet reduces the risk of brain injury by 90%!! Helmets should also be used when riding a scooter or using skates or a skateboard. In addition, wrist guards, elbow & knee pads should be worn when riding a scooter or using skates or a skateboard. Helmets should be replaced if they are over 5 years old. ALWAYS REPLACE A HELMET AFTER A CRASH - IT HAS DONE IT'S JOB! Most drownings involving young children occur in residential settings. Did you know that children under the age of 5 years do not struggle in the water? They can drown without making a sound! Never leave a child unsupervised in a bathtub or near a pool/spa even for a second. Never leave a child alone near a toilet, water filled bucket, pond, or any standing body of water. Never rely on flotation devices or swimming lessons to protect a child - 25% of all drowning victims have had swimming lessons! We all want your children to stay safe, healthy, & accident-free this summer. Following a few simple safety rules should help to accomplish this goal. Enjoy your summer break & I look forward to seeing most of you next school year!