Summer Safety for Your Kids and Pets

Families across Long Island are starting to spend more and more time outdoors as the weather gets warmer and warmer. But with the increase in time spent outside, there potentially dangerous situations you should be aware of. Here are five safety tips that will help your family have a safe and fun summer season.

1. Sunscreen
The importance of sun protection really cannot be stressed enough. Even if it’s cloudy outside, your family is still exposed to UV rays. Before you head out, make sure you and your kids have the proper fun in the sun gear, including sunscreen, sunglasses, even hats. Similarly, if you’re bringing your pets with you, make sure there will be a shady spot for them to rest in. if you’re not sure there will be, bring an umbrella just in case.

2. Stay Hydrated
Have you ever spent a day in the sun and found yourself thirstier than usual? That’s because when you sweat, you’re body is shedding water. If you’re planning a day out, like at a park or a beach, be sure to bring plenty of water with you. This includes water for your pets if they’re going out with you. The water will help them stay cool while out in the hot sun.

3. Bugs and Ticks
These little critters have the potential of being a huge problem, especially on Long Island. Stock up on bug repellent, and by hyper vigilant by checking your kids and pets for ticks or bites, particularly after they have been playing in tall grass or wooded areas.

4. Water Safety
What better way is there to cool off this summer than in a pool or at the beach? If you’re fortunate enough to have a pool in your backyard, consider fencing it in, which is beneficial for both kids and pets, or putting an alarm on the door leading to the pool. At the beach, make sure to look out for strong currents or rip tides. And make sure there is a lifeguard on duty whenever you or your kids are in the water. Also, don’t leave kids or pets unattended or unsupervised while in or around the water, whether they know how to swim or not.

5. First Aid/CPR
In case the unthinkable happens, it’s important to be prepared. Make sure to have a fully stocked First Aid kit on hand this summer. It also helps to take a class on infant/child CPR so you have the right tools if a serious situation occurs. Two places that offer these classes are:

Waldbaum’s Shopping Center (inside New York Health & Racquet Club)
38 Great Neck Road
Great Neck, NY 11021
(516) 829-8099

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