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Summer Safety Tips for Children

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With the long anticipated summer break just around the corner, it's time to begin your planning for activities with your children. A child looks at summer for "summer fun activities," while adults need to be aware of safety concerns.

One of the favorite places for children to be in or around is water. Following are a few simple tips to follow for water safety:

  • Never go swimming without a responsible adult, unless a lifeguard is on duty.
  • Always check to make sure lifesaving devices (such as a floating ring buoy and a shepherd's crook) are readily available for use.
  • Swim only in pools where water quality is properly maintained.
  • Always wear a life jacket when boating or water skiing.

Another popular activity during the summer is bicycling. It is popular as both a means of transportation and recreation. Over 4,000 bicyclists are injured each year in Illinois.

Knowing how to drive a bicycle is the best protection against becoming involved in an accident. You are actually a driver when operating a bike, not a rider. As a driver, you must obey all traffic rules and regulations. Following are some of the most important rules and regulations that all bicyclists should be aware of:

  • Bicycle helmets are an essential part of bicycle safety. An approved bicycle helmet worn properly and at all times will reduce chances of severe head injury in case of an accident.
  • Always wear light colored, reflective clothing during the day and at night.
  • Avoid bicycling after dark, if at all possible. If you must, equip your bike with a front light that is visible from a distance of at least 500 feet and a rear red light or reflector visible for a distance of at least 600 feet.
  • Always drive your bike with the flow of traffic, as close to the right edge of the road as is safe.
  • Obey all traffic signals, pavement marking, and signs, just as if you were driving a car.
  • Know and use hand signals to let other drivers know your intentions.
  • A skilled bicycle driver, that obeys rules and regulations, is safer than an unskilled one. This means that practice is important.
  • Always inspect your bicycle for safe and proper operation, and make any repairs or adjustments needed to make it safe.

These are just two of the "summer fun" activities that can make the summer season enjoyable for you and your children. Proper safety precautions can add enjoyment to any activity, and truly make the "summer fun."

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