Summer Safety Tips

summer safety
Make this summer the best ever with our safety tips.

Summer in St. Louis means grilling pork steaks in the backyard, going to festivals in the park, or hitting the pool. To make this your best summer ever, keep these safety tips in mind.

Safety Around the Pool

First of all, adult supervision is a must. We can’t emphasize this enough: watch your kids around water! Have life jackets or floaties nearby for the kids, check the water depth before they dive, and make sure they wear sunscreen!

Insect Bites and Bug Spray

Wet springs mean more mosquitoes, ticks, and other nasty bugs. If your kids are stung, they may experience redness, itching, swelling, and maybe a little pain around the bite. A store-bought anti-itch cream will do the trick, but there are home remedies you can use as well. Baking soda, oatmeal, or ice can help relieve the itch.

Before you go to a park or walk in a wooded area, spray your kids down with bug spray. Follow the instructions on the label and be careful not to get spray in kids’ eyes. After any outing in the great outdoors, check your kids for ticks!

Firework Safety This Independence Day

Every kid loves fireworks, and if parents are around and kids are careful, everyone can enjoy them! Always use fireworks outside, and have a bucket of water or hose nearby, just in case. If your kids play with sparklers, make sure they keep them away from their hair or clothing. Tell your children never to point fireworks at another person, even as a joke. This is another situation where parental supervision is key. Don’t hold fireworks in your hand to light them, and only light one at a time.

Stranger Danger and Amusement Park Safety

Hitting Six Flags or another public amusement park this summer? Keep an eye on your kiddos! They should know to avoid strangers and keep in sight of trusted adults. Establishing a meeting place, in case your family gets separated, is a good idea to help your child feel safe. Teach your child to follow the park rules, especially the weight and height limits on dangerous rides. Don’t forget the sunscreen, and make sure you’ve got water bottles or other drinks available so your kids don’t get dehydrated.

Need a Break, Mom and Dad? Mary Margaret’s can Help!

Mary Margaret’s Day Care has a number of summer programs available to keep your kids learning all summer long. If you have questions about any special activities coming up, be sure to let us know!

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