The Parent-Teacher-Child Connection: Backyard Summer Safety

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Backyard Summer Safety

Whether you’re barbecuing, swimming, or playing outdoors the following tips will help ensure that you, your family, and friends stay as safe as possible:
  • Insect stings can be dangerous.  Simple mosquito bites can become infected.  Spider bits may be venomous.  Bee stings can cause a severe allergic reaction.  If you suspect a problem like hives, trouble breathing, or extreme swelling, see a doctor immediately.  
  • If you use an insect repellant or sunscreen, make sure it's not out of date and is suitable for the age of your children.
  • Be careful with young children around Tiki torches and the fuel.  The torches may set a child's clothes on fire if the child knocks into it while running; the fuel is extremely poisonous.
  • Like indoor cleaning products, store pool products out of children's reach.
  • Constantly supervise children around water.  Never take your attention away from their safety by talking to friends.
  • Keep the cutting board you use to chop salad vegetables separate from the cutting board you use for raw meat.
  • Don't leave refrigerated foods out in the hot sun.  Have everyone fill their plates, then put the food back in the refrigerator.
  • Keep a watchful eye on the beer keg.  Children like to copy what the adults do.
Happy camping, barbecuing, swimming, and playing this summer!

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