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Day 10: Summer Safety Tips

th7LFDI1OOKeep your family safe this summer by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Day 10: LAWN MOWER SAFETY

Only use a mower with a control that stops the mower blade from moving if the handle is let go.

Children younger than 16 years should not be allowed to use ride-on mowers.

Children younger than 12 years should not use walk-behind mowers.

Make sure that sturdy shoes are worn while mowing.

Prevent injuries from flying objects, such as stones or toys, by picking up objects from the lawn before mowing begins. Have anyone who uses a mower wear hearing and eye protection.

Do not pull the mower backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary, and carefully look for children behind you when you mow in reverse.

Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, or crossing gravel paths, roads, or other areas.

Do not allow children to ride as passengers on ride-on mowers.

Keep children out of the yard while mowing.

Drive up and down slopes, not across to prevent mower rollover.

Keep guards, shields, switches, and safety devices in proper working order at all times.

If children must be in the vicinity of running lawnmowers, they should wear polycarbonate protective eye wear at all times.

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Day 9 – Summer Safety Tips

thPBEXGGSVKeep your family safe this summer by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Day 9: SKATEBOARD, SCOOTER, IN-LINE SKATING AND HEELYS SAFETY

All skateboarders and scooter-riders should wear protective gear; helmets are particularly important for preventing and minimizing head injuries. Riders should wear helmets that meet ASTM or other approved safety standards, and that are specifically designed to reduce the effects of skating hazards.

Communities should continue to develop skateboard parks, which are more likely to be monitored for safety than ramps and jumps constructed by children at home.

While in-line skating or using Heelys, only skate on designated paths or rinks and not in the street.

Most injuries occur due to falls. Inexperienced riders should only ride as fast as they can comfortably slow down, and they should practice falling on grass or other soft surfaces. Before riding, skateboarders should survey the riding terrain for obstacles such as potholes, rocks, or any debris. Protective wrist, elbow and kneepads should be worn.

Children should never ride skateboards or scooters in or near moving traffic.

Riders should never skate alone. Children under the age of eight should be closely supervised at all times.

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Day 8 – Summer Safety Tips

thJ7X3YSKSKeep your family safe this summer by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Day 8: BICYCLE SAFETY

A helmet protects your child from serious injury, and should always be worn. And remember, wearing a helmet at all times helps children develop the helmet habit.

Your child needs to wear a helmet on every bike ride, no matter how short or how close to home. Many injuries happen in driveways, on sidewalks, and on bike paths, not just on streets. Children learn best by observing you. Set the example: Whenever you ride, put on your helmet.

When purchasing a helmet, look for a label or sticker that says the helmet meets the CPSC safety standard.

A helmet should be worn so that it is level on the head and covers the forehead, not tipped forward or backwards. The strap should be securely fastened with about 2 fingers able to fit between chin and strap. The helmet should be snug on the head, but not overly tight. Skin should move with the helmet when moved side to side. If needed, the helmet’s sizing pads can help improve the fit.

Do not push your child to ride a 2-wheeled bike without training wheels until he or she is ready. Consider the child’s coordination and desire to learn to ride. Stick with coaster (foot) brakes until your child is older and more experienced for hand brakes. Consider a balance bike with no pedals for young children to learn riding skills.

Take your child with you when you shop for the bike, so that he or she can try it out. The value of a properly fitted bike far outweighs the value of surprising your child with a new one. Buy a bike that is the right size, not one your child has to “grow into.” Oversized bikes are especially dangerous.