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Today was the first full day of summer …

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beesunflower6x9_427x640The past few days here in Maine have been lovely; the nice breeze, the warm weather, blue skies … we will all want to be outside more and more.

Yesterday was the first day of summer. 6.34PM we moved into officially Summertime! Today is the first full day of this glorious season and we wanted to share some great tips and things to think about to keep your family and loved ones safe.

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

This link will give you get tips on these 7 topics:

FIREWORKS SAFETY – Fireworks that are often thought to be safe, such as sparklers, can reach temperatures above 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, and can burn users and bystanders.

BUG SAFETY – Don’t use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays on your child.
Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods and gardens where flowers are in bloom.

PLAYGROUND SAFETY – The playground should have safety-tested mats or loose-fill materials (shredded rubber, sand, wood chips, or bark) maintained to a depth of at least 9 inches (6 inches for shredded rubber). The protective surface should be installed at least 6 feet (more for swings and slides) in all directions from the equipment.
Equipment should be carefully maintained. Open “S” hooks or protruding bolt ends can be hazardous.

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.

SKATEBOARD, SCOOTER, IN-LINE SKATING AND HEELYS SAFETY – 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.

ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES – Children who are too young to have a driver’s license should not be allowed to operate or ride off-road vehicles. Children are involved in about 30 percent of all ATV-related deaths and emergency room-treated injuries.
Because their nervous systems and judgment have not fully developed, off-road vehicles are particularly dangerous for children younger than 16 years.

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.

Thank you AAP.


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