Summer is just around the corner and with it comes the excitement of sunshine, outdoor activities, and quality family time. However, for parents with small children, it’s also the added task of signing them up for summer camps, activities and creating summer house rules.
One important aspect of safety is being prepared for emergencies. Many parents work outside of the home, so when kids are home this summer it's important to have a list of emergency numbers on your refrigerator or somewhere easily visible that your children can can access in case of an emergency. This includes your contact information and any other family members or neighbors. It should also include numbers for the police, fire department, and poison control.
If your child is attending summer camp, there are some added measures to take to ensure their safety. Make sure they arrive each day with a water bottle that can be refilled throughout the day. Also, be aware of daily activities such as swimming, so you can remind them of water safety rules that keep them safe.
Cell phones can also be a valuable tool for both communication and tracking purposes. If a traditional cell phone is too large for your child consider getting your child a smartwatch with cell phone features and a tracking. If they are younger in age, you may consider providing them with a pre-programmed cell phone for essential communication and emergencies. This can provide peace of mind knowing you can easily access your child's location and communicate with them in the event of an emergency.
As a parent, you want your child to be safe and prepared for any situation, even when you are not around. My book,, provides practical tips for children to follow when an adult is not present. Regular discussions about safety will help to provide your child with the tools and information they need when an emergency arises.
Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but safety should always be a top priority. By taking the necessary precautions and being prepared for unexpected emergencies, you can ensure that your family has a safe and enjoyable summer season.