“Can I take swim lessons?” my five-year-old had asked me a few months back. “Yes, of course!” I replied. I didn’t know where this sudden interest in swimming came from, but I was glad my son initiated it. I wanted him to feel comfortable in the water, but every attempt at casual swimming at our pool ended with him clutching on to me for dear life. I needed to make sure we practiced summer safety tips for all his activities.
Summer became the perfect opportunity to take swim lessons. Not only did I want him to enjoy the water, I also wanted him to learn how to swim. This gives me peace of mind knowing he’ll be all right in the water.
Because while summer is the ‘fun’ season of the four, moms still need to be cautious about safety issues. Along with learning how to swim, below are a few more summer safety tips for kids to consider this season.
Summer safety tips:
Practice pool safety.
If your home has a pool, you’ll need a gate or an alarm system to keep children from heading there unsupervised. Kids of all ages can accidentally fall into the pool from simple mishaps like not paying attention or trying to grab a floating leaf.
We live in an apartment so we don’t have to worry about our kids accidentally wading into the pool when it’s three floors down. But we also swim in the pools of friends and family. We watch our kids or make sure the pool has some a gate or alarm system to keep them away from the water when unsupervised.
Take frequent water breaks.
Summers here in Los Angeles are insane. I dread the days of 100-degree temperatures and have even succumbed to buying an air conditioner recently. And one of the easiest summer safety tips is drinking a lot of water. Keep your kids well hydrated! That way, their temperatures aren’t too high and their water levels remain restored. Because they’ll be sweating it up, either from the heat or from running around. Bring sippy cups and water bottles with you everywhere.
Equip your kids with the right gear.
Any hobby or activity your child will take part in this summer needs to have the right gear. Helmets and pads are a must for kids learning to skateboard, bicycle or scooter. Outdoor adventures need protective wear and maybe even bug repellant.
Make sunscreen and wearing hats a daily habit.
Maybe in the winter you could get by with not slathering on sunscreen every day, but come summer time and you’ll want your kids fully protected. Our son’s summer camp does a good job of spraying sunscreen throughout the day, but I don’t rely on that alone. Slater on sunscreen before you drop your kids off at camp or head out for the day.
Cover overlooked spots like the tops of the ears and behind the neck as well. Once you’ve got your sunscreen, don’t leave home without a hat. Not only will it help your child block the glare of the sun, it’s another protective gear to keep harmful rays out.
Check your car seat measurements and expiration dates.
Taking a road trip this summer? Double check your car seats before heading out. Make sure the seats haven’t expired or that your child has grown too tall or large for them. Take a permanent marker and mark the car seat with the expiration date so you can clearly see it. Or set a reminder on your calendar for when you need to replace your car seat.
Accidents happen, and one of the most stressful parts is dealing with their financial impact. Aflac provides supplemental insurance that pays you directly (instead of, say, the hospital). They cover costs associated with a covered serious illness, injury or loss. Plus, you can use the cash benefits for out-of-pocket costs like rent, gas, groceries or child care.
Another hassle you also don’t have to worry about is the time it takes to make a claim. With One Day PaySM, Aflac can process, approve and pay eligible claims in one day. And Aflac’s supplemental insurance is helpful if you don’t always meet your deductibles. You can then use the cash benefits to pay out-of-pocket medical costs .
Staying safe this summer helps prevents accidents and loss. When signing up for your family’s benefits, consider accident insurance. Accidents happen, but at least you can focus on recovery, not financial stress.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.