mom applying sunscreen to daughter at beachAs the warmer weather approaches, your family is likely looking forward to hikes, beach trips, and picnics in the park. Remember to make your outdoor activities safe activities by taking a few important safety precautions that are necessary when the temperature heats up and the sun comes out.

Remember sunscreen. Children six months and older need an application of sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater applied 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure.  Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, and after children swim or sweat a great deal.

Cover up! Light-colored clothing can keep kids cool and protect against UV rays. Dress children in protective hats and in lightweight beach cover-ups with longer sleeves.

Keep babies out of the sun. When infants are younger than six months, it’s important to keep them out of direct sunlight and dressed in lightweight, loose fitting clothing.

Timing is everything. Avoid playing outside during the hottest parts of the day. Going out before 10am and after 4pm is ideal on days when the temperatures are dangerously high.

Remember pool safety. Pools should have fencing around them, with doors that close and lock. Your children should know to never go near the pool without an adult present. Even kiddie pools should be emptied after use to avoid accidental drowning.

father and son drink water while hikingCheck for ticks. Ticks love to live on grass and in wooded areas. As much as we’d love to tell you to keep your child in long pants all summer to avoid ticks, that’s unrealistic. However, make a tick check an evening ritual, keeping an eye out for little black or brown spots that weren’t there the day before.

Stay hydrated. Children need 12 ounces of fluid before engaging in an outdoor activity. Enforce mandatory fluid breaks during activities which cause your kids to sweat, with the recommendation being nine ounces every 20 minutes.

Remember car safety. It takes 10 short minutes for a car to heat up by 19 degrees on a summer day. Children’s bodies overheat more quickly than adults. Do not leave your child in the car even for a minute or two, as the consequences of a short time in a hot car can be devastating.

What precautions does your family take to stay safe in the warmer weather? Share with your fellow parents in the comments section.