Stay Safe, Play Safe and Be Prepared: Tips from Safe Kids Georgia

Summer is approaching and you know what that means… vacation and fun in the sun! But it’s important to be prepared for summer before it gets here. This includes water, wheel, pedestrian, playground, car and heat related safety. Below are a few tips to help you stay safe, play safe and be prepared!

Update your Ready Kit by adding a…

  • Life vest
  • Helmet and safety pads
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen

Pool and Water Safety

  • Never swim without an adult present
  • Wear a life jacket every time you’re on a boat or near open water

Wheel Safety

  • Wear a helmet every time you skate, ride a bike, scooter or skateboard
  • Wear wrist guards, elbow pads and knees pads when you skate or ride a scooter or skateboard

Pedestrian Safety

  • Look left, right and left again before crossing the street and continue to look both ways while you cross
  • Wear light clothing and reflective materials
  • Carry a flashlight when it’s dark

Playground Safety

  • Never play on the playground without an adult present
  • Avoid hard surfaces like concrete or blacktops

Car Safety

  • Always wear a lap and shoulder belt correctly
  • Ride in the back seat in every car, every time, until at least age 13

Heat-Related Safety

  • Learn about medical conditions that can result from heat and the proper first aid measures to take
  • Recognize heat exhaustion – symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale, clammy skin, and possible fainting and vomiting
  • Recognize heat stroke – symptoms include hot, dry skin, rapid and strong pulse and possible unconsciousness
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated

Helpful Web sites
With your parents’ permission, visit our  kids’ page or SafeKidsGeorgia.org. You’ll find important information on preparedness; as well as games, videos, summer safety tips and more.

9 replies
  1. Owen Brown
    Owen Brown says:

    This was great information and as a father of 9 it will certainly come in handy. I just found a great video promoted by safe kids that stresses the importance of properly fitting a helmet. My five year old will be the easiest to start with, the other kids think it’s “cool” not to wear protective gear. Here is the link to the safe kids bicycle safety video I mentioned.
    http://videoforward.com/video.php?video=23371 its simple to follow and important for people to see.
    Thanks again for your tips, keep em coming!

  2. StopFromSweating
    StopFromSweating says:

    Thanks for the tips, some other Heat Safety Tips: Always wear a cap in the sun and never pour water directly on top of head. If feeling excessively hot you can pour water on directly on your head but remember to put a cap on your wet head when standing in the sun.

    • Jen de Vos
      Jen de Vos says:

      While I agree with the safety tips. I feel that the current generation is being over protective of their children. Gone are the days where you see kids roaming the street or play in the playground without parental supervision. If anyone goes to Europe, you still see kids playing the street after school .. you hardly see this on the average American street.

      • Robert Mulenga
        Robert Mulenga says:

        Agree 100% with you Jen de Vos, here in Japan, even though the crime rate is way low, you also still don’t see so many kids playing without parental supervision. And many parents always say ‘abunai’ to most everything which means ‘thats dangerous’.

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