Water Safety

Did you know drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4? Three children die every day as a result of drowning. To keep children safe:

  • Always supervise children when in or around water. A responsible adult should constantly watch young children.
  • Teach kids to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning.
  • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Your CPR skills could save someone’s life.
  • Install a four-sided fence around home pools.

The Charleston area offers many opportunities to get out on the water and recreational boating can be a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends. Make boating safety a priority when taking children out on the water.

  • Wear a properly fitted life jacket every time you and your loved ones are on the water.

Heat and Sun Safety

While many of us love the long hot summers here, they can be hazardous to children's health. Heat-related illness happens when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Infants and children up to 4 years of age are at greatest risk. Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. For heat-related illness, the best defense is prevention.

  • Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
  • Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully, for morning and evening hours.
  • Stay cool with cool showers or baths.
  • Seek medical care immediate if your child has symptoms of heat-related illness.

Just a few serious sunburns can increase you and your child's risk of skin cancer later in life. Their skin needs protection from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they're outdoors.

  • Cover up. Clothing that covers your and your child's skin helps protect against UV rays.
  • Use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your child go outside.

Enjoy our great outdoors but follow these tips to keep you and the family safe this summer!

For more information and tips visit http://www.cdc.gov/family/kids/summer/