3 Tips for Keeping Kids Safe at Home This Summer

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Summer means that kids are hanging around the house a lot more, and you want them to be safe as they come and go. Here are three potential danger zones for children and tips for preventing injury.

1. At the pool. Swimming is a lot of fun, but drowning is a real danger. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that drowning is the second most common cause of accidental deaths among kids. Olympic gold medal winner and mom Janet Evans advises parents to never let children swim alone. Drowning is silent and happens quickly, so a responsible adult should always watch while children are near the pool. Keeping the pool area tidy can also lessen the temptation of children to enter the pool area unsupervised.

2. Around the garage. Garage doors are a common way for people to enter and exit the home. Kevin Jones, brand manager for Overhead Door Corporation, says accidents can be avoided with just a few simple steps. First, make sure the garage door opener control button is out of the reach of children and their small fingers. Children should never play with garage door remote controls. Second, supervise children around garage doors and consider pinch-resistant door panels to prevent small fingers from getting caught between door sections. Finally, test the reversing mechanism of your automatic door opener by placing a 2-inch by 4-inch board in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call a qualified garage door professional for repair. If the opener has not been replaced since 1993, replace the garage door opener with a new one that has safety beams and auto-reverse as a standard feature.

3. In the yard. Bike riding, skating, and skateboarding are great exercise and lots of fun, but accidents happen. Most injuries are head injuries, which mean potential brain injury. Wearing a helmet provides protection for your face, head, and brain in case you fall down or fall off your bike. Make sure your kids wear a helmet approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission  that fits properly with straps fastened every time they ride. Set a good example for your kids by wearing your helmet for every ride as well.