School may be out, but moms and dads should take a little time to study up on summer safety. Doing so can help you make this the best, safest summer yet. The Window Covering Safety Council suggests parents and caregivers follow these six simple rules to help protect children:
1. Keep window cords away from kids
As temperatures rise and you hunker down inside with the AC, check your drapes, blinds and other window treatments for exposed cords. Some exposed cords pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young children. Replace cords with safer cordless products, if possible. If not, then check out kits that keep the cords out of reach of little hands.
2. Prevent falling accidents
If trying to stay cool means opening windows, be aware of the dangers. To prevent falling accidents, open windows at the top instead of the bottom, if possible. Install window guards and stoppers if you have kids age 10 or younger.
3. Thwart little climbers
Open windows are just one cause of falling accidents. Improperly placed furniture can lead to serious problems. Keep all furniture—and especially cribs and beds—away from windows. Little kids often use furniture as climbing aids, so place those items so that the windows can’t be reached from them.
4. Keep kids cool
To avoid heat-related illnesses, dress your kids properly for the weather. In hot weather, children should be dressed in lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect some of the sun’s energy. In addition to applying sunscreen, put hats on kids or set up an umbrella to further shield them from the sun.
5. Keep summer chemicals away from children
Sunscreen, bug repellent, gardening sprays and pool chemicals are typically in heavy use all summer long. When you’re done using them, put them away, out of children’s reach.
6. Drink water
No summer safety list would be complete without an admonishment to stay hydrated. Don’t let your children get dehydrated. Parents should always carry water for their children, and kids should take breaks from playing to drink up.