We are 9 days from the first OFFICIAL day of summer!

Kids are out and safety needs to be first.  Did you know there are some summer activities that are dangerous for our children?

Here is a kid safety list for summer fun and activities:

1. Wear a bike helmet.  A lot of older kids don’t think they need a helmet because they’re good at riding their bike and they’re not afraid of falling.  But according to the CDC, teens have some of the highest rates of bicycle-related injuries treated in ERs.

2. Make sure all kids are supervised when swimming.  Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4 in the U.S., and most of these drownings occur in home swimming pools.

3. All fireworks can be dangerous.  Yes, even the legal ones are dangerous.  If you still want to take the risk, kids should never be allowed to touch or light any of the fireworks, including sparklers.  A safer alternative is a glow stick.

4. Wear the sunscreen.   Being in the sun too long can cause second-degree burns.  And one or more bad sunburns during childhood has been found to increase the risk of developing skin cancer as an adult.