With summer in full swing, many children spend a majority of their time outside. However, with these fun outdoor activities, also come safety concerns for every parent. Dr. Kosmas Kayes, OrthoIndy pediatric orthopedic specialist, shares five tips on how to keep your children safe this summer.
- Practice playground safety. Ensure the playing surfaces are appropriate for your child. Check for loose fill material, appropriate mats, safe playground equipment and no rocks.
- Think twice about trampolines. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against recreational use of trampolines due to high rate of injury. Safety equipment and netting do not reduce the rate of injury.
- Don’t forget the safety gear. Children should always wear helmets when riding a bike or scooter. Children should also wear protective gear on their wrists and knees when they are on a scooter or skateboard.
- ATVs aren’t for everyone. For safety concerns, no one without a driver’s license should drive an ATV and no one should be a passenger on an ATV. Additionally, they should not be drivenon the street.
- Lawn mower safety. If your child is 16 or older, they can be on a riding lawn mower. If they are 12 or older, they can mow with a walk behind mower. No matter what, they should always wear shoes and eye protection. Remember no passengers at any point should be on riding lawn mowers and keep children out of the yard while anyone is mowing.
Lastly, have fun outside with your children and enjoy summer while it’s here. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kayes please call 317.802.2491.