Staying Summer SafeJul 10, 2023
What does it mean to be Summer Safe? It means to be aware of not only your actions and healthy boundaries, but others as well. Creating a culture of safety wisdom starts by leading by example. If you make good choices, the people in your life will emulate those choices.
Bridge Leadership Academy, in partnership with KCPD, want to share tips on how to keep our children safe during the summer.
Top Tips for Neighborhood Safety 🏘
- Pick neighborhood boundaries using significant landmark
- Regularly check to make sure your child remains inside the boundaries
- Tell children which neighbors they may visit
- Interact regularly with neighbors
- Be aware of unfamiliar cars in the area and reinforce the "buddy system"
Top Tips for Summer Safety ☀️
- Children should know their full name, address, and home phone/cell number
- Teach children that adults shouldn’t approach kids for help or directions & to immediately tell a “friend”
- Do not drop children off at malls, movie theaters, video arcades, or parks for unsupervised time
- Never leave children unattended in automobiles
- Tell children its OK to say “NO” to strangers
Top Tips for Water Safety 🌊
- Supervise any children in or near pools, lakes, rivers, and beaches. A child can fall into a body of water in the blink of an eye.
- Stay safe while boating by wearing a life jacket. Properly fitted life jackets can prevent drownings and should be worn at all times by everyone on any boat.
- From the CDC: "Help prevent recreational water illnesses, which is illness caused by germs and chemicals found in the water we swim in. Keep the pee, poop, sweat, and dirt out of the water. Take kids on bathroom breaks and check diapers every hour, and change them in a bathroom or diaper-changing area–not poolside–to keep germs away from the pool."
- Use copious amounts of sunscreen and check for signs of heat exhaustion: symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness or tiredness, cool, pale, clammy skin; fast, weak pulse, muscle cramps, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, headache, fainting.
Set a good example! Staying Summer Safe is our community responsibility to one another.