Summertime is here and preteens and teens are busy riding bicycles, skating and running around the neighborhoods and playgrounds. However, this is a time when young teens can be injured as a result of falls, cycling accidents or while playing sports.
Summer Safety Tips for Young Teens
- Insure your child wears a helmet whenever they ride and that it fits properly.
- Actively supervise your child
- Teach your child the rules of the road
- Have your child wear protective clothing and ride on sidewalks when possible
- Inspect your child’s equipment
Teens often enjoy swimming in rivers and lakes but often they can get into dangerous situations.
- Make sure your child knows how to swim
- Don’t let your child swim alone
- Learn CPR
- Make sure that your child does not dive in shallow water to prevent spinal cord injuries and brain injuries
- Teach your child to stay away from pool drains
- Have your child wear a life jacket while boating and near open bodies of water
- Don’t let young teens operate jet skis
- Don’t allow your child to swim near marinas or docks where there is electrical hookups or lighting to avoid electrocution
Young teens can suffer brain injuries due to sports and recreational activities. Insure your teen wears the proper protective gear for the sport or recreational activity they are participating in.
- Wear helmets when playing contact sports, rock climbing or batting
- Wear proper eye protection
- Make sure your child stays hydrated by drinking adequate liquids
- Make sure your child has sufficient rest breaks, especially on hot days