SUMMER SAFETY TIPS from the Staffing Network
- One of the best ways to stay safe this summer is to wear a helmet and other safety gear when biking, skating and skateboarding, and when riding scooters, all-terrain vehicles and horses.
- Never bring charcoal grills indoors. Burning charcoal produces deadly carbon monoxide.
- When cooking outdoors with a gas grill, check the air tubes that lead to the burner for any blockage from insects, spiders or food grease.
- Make sure your home playground is safe.
- Use softer than standard baseballs, safety-release bases and batting helmets with face guards to reduce baseball related injuries to children.
- If you are a soccer mom or dad, beware that movable soccer goals can fall over and kill children. Make sure the goal is anchored securely at all times and never allow anyone to climb on the bet or goal framework or hang from the cross bar. Remove nets when the goals are not in use.
- Do not allow a game of hide-and-seek to become deadly. There have been reports of numerous suffocation deaths involving children who crawled inside of old cedar chests, latch-type refrigerators and freezers, iceboxes in campers, clothes dryers and picnic coolers. Childproof old appliances (such as by removing doors), and warn children not to play inside them.
- Install window guards to prevent children from falling out of open windows.
- Summer also means yard work. When mowing, keep small children out of the yard, and turn the mower off if children enter the yard. With a riding mower, drive up and down the slope, not across it. Never carry children on a riding mower.
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