Summer is here, and it’s a great time to be outside enjoying the gorgeous weather and fun activities! At RMHP, we want to help keep everyone safe and happy in their outdoors adventures. These are three of the most common causes for injury, and tips to prevent them.
Trampolines and Bounce Houses
What is more fun that jumping all over that bounce house at the birthday party, or the trampoline in the backyard? These outdoor toys do offer opportunities for exercise and great fun, but they are also a leading cause of injuries.
In fact, more than 30 kids are injured in bounce houses every day. Most common were fractures and sprains, with concussions and cuts also occurring frequently. And the number for trampolines is exponentially higher: 100,000 every year. These injuries were also worse, including fractures, concussions, head and spinal cord injury and even death.
For bounce houses, be sure your kids are jumping with kids their own age and that the house isn’t over-crowded, reducing the risk of impactful collisions.
For trampolines, the American Academy of Pediatrics has taken a firm stance against them. Injuries might be mitigated if only one bouncer is permitted at a time (collisions were a huge risk), and pads and netting were in place to reduce the risk of dangerous jumping/falling off or through the frame. Supervise trampoline jumping at all times.
What is more summer-y than time by the pool? Indeed, this is a great activity.
Swimming pools also run the risk of sunburns, falls, and drowning.
To prevent this, make sure that children are never left swimming unattended in private or unmanned swimming pools. If the pool is yours, offer or require swimming lessons for everyone who uses it. A fence or wall can ensure that toddlers do not mistakenly walk/fall into the pool.
Make sure that running or moving quickly isn’t permitted near the pool to prevent slipping and dangerous falls.
Also, for sun protection, make sure that everyone uses sunscreen that is water-resistant and at least SPF 30. Re-apply every 2 hours. Stay in the shade as much as possible whenever you’re out of the pool.
Lastly, leave any pool area immediately during thunder or lightning storms. The pool acts as a target for the lightening, increasing the chances of getting struck or electrocuted.
What could be more delightful than running barefoot across a beach or through newly cut grass on a summer evening?
Well, be careful! Grass and sand frequently hide sharp objects that can hurt your foot. Even natural objects like sticks or rocks can seriously injure your feet. Further, the risk of bug bites, rashes, and serious injuries like losing toes to lawnmowers are serious considerations.
Wear sandals as much as possible, especially along beaches and in locker rooms or bathrooms. Sandals protect your feet from both objects and bacteria that can cause serious problems to your feet.
Never do lawn work without wearing sturdy shoes. Yes, it’s hot, but losing a toe to one of those tools is much worse.
Of course, summer is a time of fun-in-the-sun! And we want you to enjoy it as much as possible. But “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” as Benjamin Franklin said. So be conscientious while carefree and enjoy this lovely weather with friends and family!