Not to suck all the fun out of summer, however; a news article from CBSNews points out the dangers of everyday summer fun!
So….here’s some stuff to keep in mind while the kiddos are not in school.
1. Toy guns/B.B. guns.
The number of injuries jumped 500% between 2010 and 2012. Partly because they’re more powerful than they used to be.
2. Toys that fly, including helicoperters, planes and drones. You especially have to worry about head injuries.
They were one of the most popular toys at Christmas last years with many injuries reported across North America. Hover boards have also been know to burst into flames, causing burns…
4. Baby pools, Buckets and even fountains.
Small kids can drown in as little as two inches of water, so you really have to pay attention.
5. Flotation devices and water wings. It’s because they give you a false sense of security. Larger floats, such as rafts, can also block the view of a child in trouble.
6. Pool covers and hot tubs, because kids can get trapped in them. Sometimes teenagers jump in pools at night without realizing there’s a cover.
A ton of kids hurt themselves on them every summer. And between 2003 and 2013, there were also over 100,000 injuries related to bounce houses.
8. Scooters. It might be partly because we’re less likely to make kids wear a helmet when they ride one than when they ride bikes.
9. Cords on clothing, and straps on helmets. Mostly for little kids, because they can get wrapped around their neck. Yes . . . apparently HELMETS are dangerous now too.
10. Toys with small parts. Because they can be a choking hazard.
A recent survey found only 25% of kids regularly wear sunblock. And 50% said they’d had at least one sunburn in the past year, which puts them at higher risk of developing skin cancer later in life.