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Stay in areas that are supervised by lifeguards, and don’t swim at times that lifeguards aren’t on duty. Buddy up – pick a friend and stick together. In any natural body of water, be cautious about currents and other conditions that can surprise even the strongest swimmers. If you encounter a large fish, don’t assume it’s friendly!
Drink plenty of water, even before you're thirsty. Dehydration is the cause of many heat related illnesses like heat stroke and exhaustion. It can creep up on you before you notice any symptoms. Keep a water bottle (like the one shown here from SIGG) with you and refill it whenever you get a chance.
Stay Safe in the Sun
Always wear sunscreen. Reapply every couple hours, especially when swimming or sweating. Look for products specially designed for kids, like these from Kiss My Face, that don’t wipe off when you get wet or engage in active play. Be mindful of time you spend outside. The strength of the sun peaks between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. Your eyes need sun protection, too. Wear sunglasses or a brimmed hat for protection.
Bugs Be Gone!
Mosquito bites and poison ivy are a typical part of summer, but they don’t have to be! Steer clear of itchy red welts with bug repellent, like the one shown here, that protects against mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and more. Familiarize yourself with the look of the poison ivy plant so you can avoid the itch altogether. When all else fails, soothe yourself with creams and wipes that help relieve the itch.
Keep a Lid on It!
The last time you fell off your bike, scooter, or skateboard, maybe you got lucky and only got a bruise or a scrape. But thousands of kids suffer serious head injuries each year, some can cause permanent damage or even death. Helmets help dramatically lower the risk of head injury. In many states, it’s illegal for children to ride without one.