Summer is in full swing, and so are your kids: swimming, biking, running, you name it! Here’s how to ensure they enjoy a hazard free break — indoors and out — before school begins (content courtesy of the Christian County Health Department):
- Set an example and always wear your helmet when biking. Whether your child rides a trike, bike, scooter or skateboard, a helmet is always key in preventing serious injury.
- Parents can also set an example by wearing a seat belt and ensuring their children are strapped into the correct car seat.
- Don’t forget to keep cleaners, medications and beauty products where children can’t reach them, and use safety locks to protect the items in areas easy to reach.
- Be prepared before disaster strikes: in case of poisoning, call (800) 222-1222.
- Check the batteries in your smoke alarm and hold regular fire drills with your family.
- When cooking on the stove or grill, stay near at all times. Also, use back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove to prevent temptation from small children looking for something to grab.
- Keep your hot waters at 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent burns.
- Watch out for small items such as coins, balloons and hard round food (such as peanuts and candy). Remember, anything that fits through a toilet paper tube can cause a young child to choke!
- Place babies on their backs when they sleep, alone in their cribs. Don’t use pillow, blankets or comforters to prop them up.
- When your children are in or near water (wading or swimming pools, bathtubs, toilets, spas and buckets of water), stay close enough to reach out and touch or grab them. Life guards may or may not be on duty to help protect your children.
Stay safe this summer! OCH’s ER is staffed and open 24 hours, 7 days a week. It is located at 2828 N. National in Springfield, Missouri and OCH’s Christian County Clinic Urgent Care is located at 105 S. Ridgecrest in Nixa, Missouri (open Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm).