As the days get warmer and longer, help #children_stay_safe by following these simple tips.
- Supervise children at all times during water play and never leave them unattended near water, even if they know how to swim.
- Ensure that children wear appropriate safety gear when using bikes, scooters, or skateboards, such as helmets and knee and elbow pads.
- Teach children about stranger danger and how to stay safe when outside. Make sure they know not to talk to strangers and to immediately tell a trusted adult if someone makes them feel uncomfortable or scared.
- Stay aware of potential heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke. If a child shows signs of overheating, such as dizziness or nausea, move them to a cool, shaded area and give them plenty of water to drink. Call a doctor if the symptoms persist.
- First Aid Kits including child medication should be with the class at all times even on the playground and on field trips. Medications should be carried in a lock box so that it is not accessible to children. When traveling away from the childcare facility, be sure to have emergency contact information for all children.
- Topical basic care products such as a diaper rash product, sunscreen, or insect repellent, authorized and supplied by the child’s parent, may be applied without prior approval of a licensed health care practitioner. Document the application of these products on the licensing form. The product must be clearly labeled with a product name and instructions for use.
By following these tips, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable #summer for children.