Here a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help keep your family safe in the summertime.

  • Fireworks, including sparklers, can cause severe burns or other injuries. Instead of using fireworks at home, families should enjoy fireworks by attending community fireworks displays run by professionals.
  • Prevent insect bites by covering up with long-sleeved shirts and pants when your family goes outside during the evening or goes to a place with mosquitoes.
  • Avoid two-in-one combination sunscreen/insect repellent products, because sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, but insect repellent should not. Check out this page to learn how to use insect repellent safely and correctly.
  • Keep kids off the lawn when mowing. Before mowing, pick up toys or other objects in the lawn to prevent these objects from getting caught in the mower and causing injuries. Never let children ride as passengers on riding mowers.
  • When biking, always wear a helmet that fits well and is fastened correctly. The helmet should sit level on the head and cover the forehead. To appropriately fasten your helmet, secure the strap, leaving enough space to fit 2 fingers between your chin and the strap.

Click here for more tips to help you play it safe this summer!