School’s Out for the Summer: Keep Your Kids Safe
Summer is officially upon us, and the activities to enjoy are endless! While summer break offers the joy of extra time with kids out of school, it’s also a time to be increasingly aware of their safety. From teens driving to hang out with their friends later at night to kids riding their bikes and swimming in pools to beat the heat, there are a number of things to consider when it comes to your child’s safety this season.
Not sure what you should be looking out for? Read on to learn some important safety tips for various summer activities that you and your kids should know about.
If your kids are hitting the road on two wheels this summer, here are a few things they should be doing:
- Know the hand signals to stay safe amongst other bikers, drivers and walkers. Check out this Rules of the Ride guide and teach your kids the proper hand signals before they head out.
- Buckle up that helmet! Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injuries by up to 85%.
- Make sure they wear bright colors and use lights, especially when riding at night and in the morning. Reflectors on their clothes will help them be seen.
Swimming is a great way to beat the heat this summer. Here’s how to make sure your kids stay safe:
- Teach your kids how to swim. Once they’re ready, swimming lessons are a great option to set them up for success.
- If you have younger children, be sure to use flotation devices in pools with more than 2 feet of water and keep them within arms-reach of an adult.
- Designate an adult to watch the kids in the water – free from distractions – for set increments of time (maybe 10-15 minutes). Rotate to another adult when that time is up.
Just because your teen has their license doesn’t mean they know how to operate watercraft properly. There are many nuances of right of way, allowing space for tubers, and more that differ from driving a car. Here are some basic things your teen should be aware of when they start operating watercraft themselves:
- Have them take a boating safety course. They can even do it online!
- Be aware of the weather, and always play it safe when you see dark clouds, drops in temperature, or increasing winds.
- Ensure everyone is wearing a life jacket.
- Follow a pre-departure checklist, like this one. This is the best way to make sure no rules have been overlooked or forgotten.
While we know that you as parents have sufficient experience to stay safe on the road, our focus here is on your teen driver. According to SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), teens spend 44% more hours driving in the summer weeks than during the school year. Here’s what you can do to keep them safe:
- Impress upon the importance of buckling up – every single time.
- Have the tough conversations. Make sure they know about the dangers of drinking and driving as well as distracted driving.
- Lead by example and avoid exhibiting any driving habits that you wouldn’t want your teen to replicate.
Many summer activities involve risks, but you can prevent accidents by following these guidelines. Ready to make this the safest summer yet? See how Dawson Insurance can provide the custom coverage your family needs to enjoy the season.