Play Outside! Summer Safety Tips for Kids by The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association
Temperatures are rising and days are getting longer as summer begins. With all the nice weather, families can find great opportunities to play outside together. However, when playing outside during the summer months, it’s important to both have fun and stay safe. With these summer safety tips for kids, families can enjoy time together in the sun!
Summer Safety Tips for Kids:
Don’t skimp on the SPF. Sunscreen is essential for days out in the sun, no matter your skin tone. According to the FDA, sunscreen should be between 30 SPF and 50 SPF, and applied liberally everywhere skin is visible. The more SPF a sunscreen contains does not indicate how long a person can go without re-applying, so re-apply about every 30 minutes.
Cool Clothes, Cool Play. Clothing can protect what sunscreen doesn’t! Large-brimmed hats protect the neck, and natural fabrics such as cotton help wick away sweat. According to the USDA, sunglasses with full UV protection will help protect the eyes of both kids and adults.
Keep the H20 Handy. Kids running around all day don’t always realize when they should stop to re-hydrate. Water is still the best choice for hydration. Remind kids to drink plenty throughout the day, even if they may not feel thirsty. OSHA suggests that if your child is especially active outside, they should take a water break every 15 minutes.
Cool Down. During the hottest parts of the day (around noon), bring kids in for a cool-down break. They can grab a snack, take a nap, or watch a movie while cooling off. This is also a great time to re-apply sunscreen.
Snack Smart. And finally, keep kids energetic with healthy, energy-boosting snacks. Fruits such as strawberries, oranges, and pineapples are all sweet and juicy, perfect for cooling down kids and giving them the energy they need to keep playing!Summer doesn’t have to be sunburns and aloe vera.
Following these simple summer safety tips for kids, families can focus on the play — all summer long!