From biking to swimming to playing sports, summer is the time of year where kids can fully enjoy the outdoors. However, with so much free time during the summer, there’s also more room for kids to get injured. The following are six tips to make sure your kids have a fun and safe summer!

Pack the SPF

It takes as little as 15 minutes for the sun to burn unprotected skin, according to the National Institutes of Health. Once the skin is burnt, the damage is irreversible for life. No matter whether you are going to the pool, the beach or the park, always pack sunscreen with at least SPF 30 in it. Don’t forget to re-apply after about 2 hours in the sun or after swimming and sweating.

Stay cool

Did you know that small children are more susceptible to dehydration than adults? When kids are playing outside during the hot summer weather, make sure that they take breaks to drink fluids and cool down. For about every 20 minutes of activity in the heat, children should drink 1 cup of water in order to prevent dehydration and heat exhaustion. In addition, try to remind them to drink water continuously throughout the day instead of only when they are really thirsty.

Keep chemicals out of reach

During the summer, chemicals like gardening sprays, insect sprays, and pool chemicals are constantly in use by adults. When these chemicals are not being used, make sure that they are put away and out of reach from children. Kids that get their hands on these dangerous poisons run the risk of ingesting or spraying in their eyes, causing serious damage.

Car safety

It doesn’t have to be a 90-degree day for car temperatures to quickly become dangerously high. The temperature inside a car can rise 20 degrees in as little as just 10 minutes. Because of this, never leave a child alone in the car, even if you’re just running into the store for a few minutes. Leaving a child in a car puts them at serious risk for developing heat stroke, a potentially deadly disease that can take effect in just a few minutes. Also, make sure your car is always locked when not in use to prevent kids from playing in it and getting trapped inside.

Prevent bug bites

We all know that the summer months means the season of pesky insects like wasps, ticks, and mosquitos. These bugs not only cause painful bites but also may carry dangerous diseases. When outside, especially at night, use an insect repellent to guard against ticks and mosquitos which can carry Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus.

Many insect repellents use DEET, an effective insecticide, but a potentially toxic chemical. Choose a repellent with less than 30% DEET, and always wash the product off before bed to prevent overexposure to the chemical. To protect against tick-borne illnesses teach kids to avoid playing in fields with tall grass, and always do a tick check before bed.

Ride carefully

Kids should always wear a properly fitting helmet whenever playing on anything with wheels, whether that’s a bike, scooter or skateboard. The helmet should be secured tightly to their head so it doesn’t fall backward or forwards, and if they are riding a bike, check to make sure it fits them properly. Their knees should not be hitting the handlebars, and their legs should not be completely outstretched while pedaling.

If your child has outgrown their bike, now’s their chance to win a new one with CTFCU’s youth account promotion. Open a youth account for the chance to win a new bike or an Amazon gift card!

If you’re looking for some more summer safety tips, join Common Trust Federal Credit Union at our second annual Child Safety Day on June 1st. During the event, we will be giving away free child safety kits and will have a fire truck for kids to play on!