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Q: How can I keep my children safe during summer?

Posted June 19, 2013 in Advice Column, Grimes

A: Injuries to children are highest during summer months because children are supervised less, have more free time and engage in more outdoor activities. The greatest risks include drowning, bike crashes, falls, pedestrian incidents and motor vehicle crashes. The following are tips that can help keep you and your family safe:

• Always supervise young children near any body of water. All children should wear personal flotation devices when on boats, near open bodies of water or participating in water sports. Also make sure children are wearing an appropriate level of sunscreen (15 SPF or higher).

• Make sure your kids wear helmets and other protective gear every time they ride their bikes or skateboards.

• Teach children to obey traffic rules and never let your child under age 10 cross the street alone.

• Don’t let children walk alone at night. If they must walk when it is getting dark, make sure they carry a flashlight and are wearing reflective colored clothing (a light colored shirt will stand out much more than a dark colored shirt).

• Always supervise children at community playgrounds and even in the backyard.

Information provided by Grimes Family Physicians, 101 S.E. Destination Drive, 986-4524.

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