Spring Safety Tips for Families

The hazards that come with Spring...

It's spring time! The weather is getting warmer and kids are spending more time outdoors. 'Tis the season for hiking, grilling, cycling and outdoor fun. But with Spring can also come the occasional bump, bruise, bite, rash and fall. Here are a few reminders and tips on how parents can help their kids avoid injury.

Sun Exposure
Sunburns can happen even in the spring. When kids are spending time outdoors, have them wear a sunblock with SPF 30 to 50, especially between 11am and 2pm when the sun is the strongest. Remember to reapply every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.

Check Helmet Sizes
Your children have grown since last season so helmets are likely outgrown. Checking them for size is a good idea. Helmets significantly decrease head injuries in cases of a fall from a bicycle. Try everyone’s helmet on now that its warm, just to make sure they’re good to go this Spring.

Window Falls
The best prevention for window falls is to move furniture away from windows, install window guards or stops. Do not rely on window screens as they will not protect children from falling.

Spring Cleaning and Gardening
While poisoning is a concern year round, in the spring, fertilizers and other poisons for outdoor use are pulled out from the garage to start gardening projects. All cleaning and gardening products should be stored in their original containers and out of the reach of children.

Establish a safety zone when grilling and make sure that zone is at least 10 feet away from the grill. This helps reduce the risk of a child touching the grill and severely burning themselves.

Trampolines account for a large number of injuries each year. Adult supervision is required at all times if families choose to have a home trampoline. Only allow one jumper on the trampoline at a time. Check equipment regularly for repair or replacement.

Wear appropriate footwear and clothing when hitting the trails. Don’t forget sunscreen, insect repellant and a first aid kit. Keeping children away from running water in the spring when streams are higher and colder. Wear long sleeve and long pants to avoid tick bites. Bring water.

Stay Hydrated
As kids spend more time outdoors, make sure they drink plenty of water. Children are particularly at risk of becoming dehydrated because a child's body is less effective at perspiring and produces more heat during physical exertion.

Safety around Water
Children need to be supervised at all times when swimming and should never be left unattended. The Red Cross highly recommends that kids be enrolled in swim classes. Floaties, noodles, inner tubes, and inflatables are toys, and not life-saving devices. Don't rely on these for safety in the water.

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