Fact Sheets : Summer Safety

Protecting Baby From The Heat

  • During the summer months, be careful not to over-dress your new baby, as infants tend not to be able to control their own temperature and are quite prone to over-heating or even heat stroke
  • An air conditioner can be used even if you have a new baby in the house as it helps bring down the temperature to a comfortable level, especially during very hot and humid spells.
  • Cotton clothing is recommended as it helps keep baby cool.

Protection Against Insect Bites

  • To avoid insect bites, do not use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays on your children, and avoid dressing your child in dark clothing.
  • If you are planning to go out into the woods or an area with a lot of insects, dress your children in long pants and light long-sleeved shirts.
  • Avoid areas where insects are found, such as garbage cans, pools of stagnant water(even puddles)and gardens or open fields.
  • Insect repellants are safe but should not be overused in babies and young children.
  • The concentration of DEET(diethyltoluamide) insecticide in the repellants used should be no more than 10%.
  • Remember that insect repellents do not prevent stings from bees, wasps or hornets.

Barbeque Safety

  • When barbecuing, make sure that your young child is far enough away from the broiler in order to prevent a burn injury.
  • Keep all barbecue accessories including, charcoal, lighter fluid, propane gas tanks well out of the reach of children at all times.

Camping safety

  • When camping, pitch your tent in a safe appropriate area, not on a hillside or too close to a lake or water.
  • If you are building a campfire, make sure it is well away form your tent and pour water on it to make sure it is out before going to sleep.
  • It is a good idea to bring a first aid kit when you go camping with your family. The kit should include: medicated(antibiotic)ointment, antihistamine syrup, calamine lotion, fever/pain medicine(acetaminophen), insect repellant, bandages and of course sun screen.

Riding safety(Bicycles, skateboards, in-line skating and scooters)

  • When riding any vehicle on wheels, children should not wear headphones attached to portable radios, tape or CD players. The music can prevent a child from hearing noises around him while riding and potentially lead to a fatal accident.
  • While riding a bike government approved and well fitted bicycle helmets must always be worn.
  • Helmets designed for skateboarding can protect a skateboarder from serious injury, but only if worn during skateboarding. If your child skateboards, rollerblades or rides a scooter he or she should always wear a helmet.
  • A 1991 study showed that 95% of injured skateboarders were younger than 25 years old and 61% were between 5-14 years old. Clearly the message is to try to teach children to skateboard safely with proper protective equipment. The same applies to in-line skating and scooter riding.

Other Safety Tips

  • During the summer months, parents are busy gardening, cutting the grass and trimming trees and bushes. Make sure that all the tools you use are always stored in an area that is out of the reach of children.
  • Be extra careful when driving during the summer, especially around parks and neighborhoods with lots of children.
  • If you have small children and a summer or vacation cottage make sure that the cottage is fully "baby-safe".