SOURCE: Window Covering Safety Council

June 23, 2008 07:00 ET

Summer Safety Tips

School's Out, but Safety Is Not

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 23, 2008) - School may be out for the summer, but safety should still be parents' primary concern, especially as children will be in and around the home much more than usual. Summer is a time for fun around the house and in the sun. Keep the good times going all summer long by following these simple summer safety tips:

--  To avoid heat-related illnesses, make sure to dress children
    appropriately for the weather.  While outside, children should be dressed
    in lightweight, light-colored clothing, which will reflect some of the
    sun's energy.  Also, it is important to wear hats or use an umbrella to
    shield the sun's rays.
    
--  Always stay hydrated.  Parents should always carry water or juice for
    their children.  As well, children should try to drink often, even if they
    are not thirsty.
    
--  Keep the bugs away!  To prevent itchy bug bites, dress children in
    light-colored, loose fitting clothes and apply repellent.  It is safe to
    use insect repellent with DEET on infants as young as two months.
    Combination sunscreen/insect repellent products should be avoided because
    sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, but the insect repellent
    should not be reapplied.
    
--  Summer brings the bells of the ice cream truck and other fun
    activities taking place outside.  Make sure to keep furniture away from
    windows to discourage children from climbing near windows to catch a view.
    As important, install only cordless window coverings in young children's
    bedrooms and sleeping areas and replace all window coverings in the home
    with today's safer products, in order to help prevent strangulation
    hazards. For more information on safe window coverings, visit
    www.windowcoverings.org.
    
--  Prepare for summer ahead of time by teaching your children to swim.
    Learning to swim is a fun, yet important way to increase safety in and
    around the pool and water.  Parents should always maintain constant
    supervision, no matter what swimming skills children have acquired and how
    shallow the water.
    

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Kristen Kurtz
    (212) 297-2100