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4 summer safety tips

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Community & Current Events

4 summer safety tips

Here's how to keep your little ones safe this summer, wherever they find their fun.

1. In the water: Keep your child within reach whenever she's around water. Safe Kids Canada recommends personal flotation devices for kids under five or for those who are weak swimmers – even when they're just near water.
 
2. In the great outdoors: Plan activities in the shade and teach her the shadow test. If her shadow is shorter than she is, it means the sun's rays are at their strongest and it's time to use maximum sun protection (protective clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen).
 
3. Along the hiking trail: Have a plant guidebook close by when in the woods. Teaching your child how to spot poison ivy will save you an irritating visit to the doctor later on.

4. At the cottage: Put aside insect repellents that contain DEET (they can be harmful if swallowed) and try a remedy that your child doesn't need to wear, such as OFF! Clip-On Mosquito Repellent ($12). Clip it to an umbrella, the top of a tent – anywhere that's out of your child's reach. 
 
Find more summer safety tips at safekidscanada.ca.
                                               
This story was originally titled "Safety First" in the August 2012 issue.
           
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