Lawyers offer summer safety tips for kids

Posted at 9:25 AM, Jun 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-16 12:38:13-04

When the sun's out to play, our little ones never hesitate to join the party outside. Summer is the season of bikes, trikes, tag, and barbecues, making it the most active season each year for kids (and adults alike).

Avoiding the accidents, trips and falls can be stressful for any parent. Alongside the excitement and joy of playing on a tire swing is the rare risk for "ouchies" and "boo boos." For many of us, summer isn't complete without a few memorable moments; make your standout summer a safe one this year with our safety tips for kids!

Stay safe with sun smarts

Living in one of the most sunshine filled states in America, it's easy to overlook the importance of sun exposure. Sunburn, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are the most common Summer time complaints from children and adults.

Practice safe sun smarts by:

  • Limiting sun exposure to 15 minute intervals. Look for skin that appears red or is hot to touch; this means it's time to seek shade.
  • Using a natural 30 SPF sunscreen for those "extra playtime" sessions — sometimes, kids just want to have fun.
  • Boosting water intake with our simple tip: add lemon or lime juice to your little one's cup to encourage more fluid intake.
  • Pack a small first aid kit with ointments and bandages to stay prepared and equipped for everything.

Even with safety precautions, heat related illness can still happen. If you suspect there may be a condition developing, always contact a health care professional right away. 

Keep an eye out for these warning signs to catch any heat related illness before they worsens:

  • Sudden cramping, which may be heat cramps
  • Nausea, headache, or dizziness
  • Increased body temperature, flushed skin or rapid heart rate



Slips, trips and falls – everyday hazards

Kids will be kids and sometimes accidents are unavoidable. But, there are a few that can be. It’s important for both you and your youngsters to be aware of potential dangers that may cause a slip, trip or fall.

During summer, these are just two locations for potential hazards:

· Tent stakes and tent guylines are a tripping hazard waiting to happen at any campsite.

· Slick surfaces around pools and other water recreation spots are a slip and fall hazard if kids are running and goofing around with friends.

In cases where a business did not properly maintain their property, take proper care of a child in their care or post adequate warnings about hazards, they may be held liable for injuries due to their negligence. 

If your child is hurt in an accident this summer due to someone else’s negligence, please contact a personal injury attorney, such as those at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys, as soon as possible. In most cases they can help you get immediate medical care with no out-of-pocket cost to you. Their Arizona personal injury attorneys will also fight to get you compensation for your injuries.