Be Sun Savvy
• Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
• Wear a hat, sunglasses (with UV protection) and lightweight, light-colored clothing.
• Seek shade under a tree, shelter or an umbrella.
• Wear a protective sun shirt in the water.

 

Stay Safe in the Surf
• Only swim where lifeguards are positioned, and never take your eyes off of
swimming children.
• Check the conditions of the current before heading out.
• If you find yourself in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of it.
• Look for jellyfish. If you are stung, go to a lifeguard for first aid.
• If you hear thunder, stay off the beach for at least 30 minutes after the last
thunder clap.

 

Be a Water Watcher
• Never take your eyes off of children in a pool or any body of water, even for
a moment!
• If you’re in a group, appoint a designated “water watcher,” taking turns with
other adults.
• Avoid distractions like your phone, books or magazines.
• Use caution with water wings or other inflatable toys.

 

Don’t Get Bugged
• Wear an insect repellant with at least 20% DEET.
• Cover exposed skin with long-sleeved shirts, long pants and hats.
• If you’ve been in the woods, check your kids, your pets and yourself for ticks.
• Stay inside at dusk and dawn, the most active times for bugs.
• Avoid places with standing water, which attracts mosquitoes.

 

Hot Car Reminder
• Never leave a child or a pet inside a parked car, even for a minute.
• If you’re not used to having a child in your car, put something you will need next to
the car seat, such as a briefcase, purse or cell phone.
• If you see a child alone in a car, call 911 immediately.

 

Sources: Baptist Health, Wolfson Children’s Hospital

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