MS CarePlus® OFFERS SOME SIMPLE PRECAUTIONS WHEN PLANNING FAMILY ACTIVITIES THIS SUMMER TO KEEP KIDS SAFE
• Follow the universal guideline for safety on wheels by making sure your child wears a helmet. That includes a bicycle, ATV, motorcycle, skates, skateboard or rollerblades. If your child is skating or rollerblading, add elbow and knee pads and wrist guards to their safety gear.
• Children should not ride an ATV without an adult riding on the vehicle with them or at the very least, nearby. ATV speed should never exceed 30 mph.
• Make sure children are supervised at all times when near water, either indoors or outdoors. Children can drown in one-inch of water in a bathtub or outdoor puddle.
• Make sure all on board, including children, wear a life preserver while on a personal watercraft. Don’t mistake floaties, water wings and other toys for life preservers.
• Cover your child with a quality sunscreen when they’re outdoors. Reapply frequently when they’re in the water. Keeping your child free of serious sunburn may prevent them from getting skin cancer later in life.
• Consider purchasing a screen or placing the foundation underground if purchasing a trampoline. Trampoline injuries are one of the most common reasons children are injured during the summer.
• Watch young children and other children as they play on playground equipment. Many injuries are caused by children colliding with each other on slides and other covered equipment. Look for playgrounds that have age-specific play areas.
• Never leave children alone in a hot car, even if the air conditioning is running. Temperatures in an enclosed car can still exceed 100 degrees.
• Teach your children to recognize and avoid poison ivy and poison oak.
• Children who play sports outdoors in the summertime and the adults who supervise them need to guard against heat exhaustion and dehydration by drinking plenty of liquids and taking breaks from the outdoors. Make sure young athletes drink before, during and after intense physical exercise at play and practice sessions.
• Keep children out of the yard when a mower is in operation. Mowers can cause rocks or other debris to fly into the air and strike a child many feet away. Children should be at least 12 years old before they operate a lawn mower, and at least 16 years old for a ride-on mower. Children should never be passengers on ride-on mowers.
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