Today marks the official beginning of summer, and it is bound to be filled with games, activities, and outdoor fun. Before you head out, though, you can take some measures to keep all your summer days safe and enjoyable. This season, make sure you and your little ones follow these core summer safety rules.

Shield Yourself from the Sun

Summer SafetyProtection from the sun is always crucial, especially during a particularly hot and bright summer. Keep you and your family safe from the heat with some of the following tips:

  • Minimize outdoor time at the hottest times of the day. Mornings and evenings are cooler and safer.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If your child has any symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Dress in loose and lightly colored clothing. Darker clothes tend to absorb heat and sunlight.
  • Sunscreen must be applied a few times a day. Your sunscreen should be at least SPF 15.

Swim Safely

Water-based activities are a great way to stay cool and have fun at the same time. Whether you’re swimming, boating, or running through the sprinkler, here are a few things to remember:

  • Do not leave children, especially those under four years old, unattended at the pool.
  • Make sure any life jackets or flotation devices are securely fitted to your child.
  • Learn about water-based illnesses and how to prevent them.
  • Make sure you are able to perform CPR in case a lifeguard is not present.

Stay Hydrated

While your kids should be getting enough H2O year-round, this becomes especially important as the temperature rises. See some of our advice for keeping hydrated this summer:

  • Kids should try to drink at least 5-8 cups of water every day. The older and more active your child is, the more water he or she will need.
  • Pack reusable water bottles on family outings.
  • Try to avoid sodas or excessively salty snacks. Both of these common treats can be dehydrating.
  • Not all of your water has to come from a glass – many fresh fruits and vegetables are also great sources of water!

To learn more about having a safe and fun summer, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.