Child Safety

Summer Safety Tips

Summer in Rochester is a beautiful and wonderful time of year. The weather is pleasant and there is so much to do - swimming, boating in one of the lakes, picnicking in the parks, or enjoying one of many outdoor sports. Enjoy this time of year even more by taking a few precautions to protect your child(ren) and yourself from some of the more dangerous aspects of this season.

Sun Safety

Sun safety should actually be practiced year-round, but we are more likely to experience the damaging effects of the sun in the summer simply due to the greater amount of time spent outdoors. The following are precautions that should be taken by children and adults to avoid sunburn, sun/heat stroke, and dehydration:

  • Use Sunscreen: Wear sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15. Apply sunscreen all over the body (even in places covered by clothing) 30 minutes before going outside, and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. Sunscreen should be worn for any outdoor activity, even on overcast or cloudy days.
  • Avoid the Heat: Avoid outdoor activity between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are the most intense.
  • Get the Right Gear: Wear sunglasses with 100% UV (ultraviolet) protection. Everyone, especially very young or very fair-haired children, should wear a hat. Wear cotton clothing, preferably with a tight knit.
  • Stay Hydrated: Be sure to consume enough water, and avoid sugary and/or caffeinated drinks such as soft drinks.
  • For Babies: Dress your baby in lightweight clothing with long pants and long-sleeved shirts and a wide-brimmed hat. Keep baby's feet covered with a lightweight blanket. If necessary, small amounts of sunscreen can be applied to exposed areas. Use strollers with a large canopy.

Water Safety

Whether swimming in the neighborhood pool or boating in a local lake, the water provides many opportunities for fun days and happy memories. Keep your child safe by following a few simple guidelines:

  • Swim under adult and/or lifeguard supervision only.
  • Never be out of arm's reach of your baby or toddler in or near the pool or body of water.
  • Follow all posted rules.
  • Avoid use of inflatable swimming aids ("floaties"). These can provide a false sense of security.
  • On a boat: all children must wear properly-fitting life jackets at all times.
  • Do not consume alcohol when swimming or boating.
  • Pay attention to the weather conditions and forecasts and take proper precautions.