Summertime is filled with a number of outdoor activities. Especially for families with children, the summertime is the perfect chance to kick back and relax. It’s a time when we can enjoy much needed time with our loved ones, children, immediate family members, and close friends. Summertime can easily become one of the most enjoyable times of the year, but there are a few things we should keep in mind this year, especially if you have children.
Sports and outdoor activities are among the highest and most popular activities for children to engage in during the summer. It’s the best time of year to ensure your children are engaging in physical activity, and getting out to enjoy the best weather conditions of the year.
Playing it Safe
Whether it’s 70 degrees, or pushing 90 degrees, it’s important to remember a few simple steps to ensure your children are safe while outdoors:
Stay hydrated– dehydration can occur quickly if enough water is not consumed during the daytime. Excess sunshine and heat can cause bodily fluids to escape quicker, and easier. It’s important to ensure the maximum amount of water is consumed during the hot, summer months. At least 64 ounces of water, minimum, should be consumed on a daily basis.
Wear the right colors– Dodging the outdoor heat can sometimes become an extremely difficult task. When the sun is fully exposed, its rays can cause our bodies to heat up much faster than usual. If you are spending more than an hour outdoors, you should avoid dark clothing and colors, like black and dark blue, that absorb more sunlight than light colors.
Wear the right gear– Despite the fact that the sun’s rays might be scorching, always ensure your children are protected from potential injury. If riding a bicycle, ensure your children are always wearing a helmet. If running in the backyard, or tossing the football, ensure proper knee pads and protective equipment are being utilized at all times.
Protect yourself– Overexposure to the sun can damage, and burn skin cells if they are not properly protected. Be sure your children are applying sunscreen at all times while outside. Its best to apply a new layer of protective sunblock every hour to hour and a half to ensure maximum protection is enabled.
Your Eyes too– Sunglasses aren’t just trendy, but they are extremely useful during the summer months. Make sure you are protecting your eyes from the harmful UV rays the sun emits during the summer months.
Keeping your family, and your children safe during the warm summer months can sometimes pose a challenge to many families. Remembering a few simple steps can keep your children safe from potential injury or harm that can arise from overexposure to the sun, or protection steps that were not properly followed. There are many other tips and tricks that can help to keep your family safe during family activities this summer. What are some ways in which you practice safe behaviors during the warmer months?