Let the Summer Fun Begin

Kid in glasses and hat ready to enjoy summer

To many of us, Memorial Day is the official start of summer fun.

It’s a time to remember the people who gave so much for our country, a time to be with family and friends and a time to take a break and have some fun. 

Whatever your plans are for this Memorial Day and beyond, here are a few tips to keep your adventures as safe as they are fun.


  • Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. A  Water Watcher card  can help designate a responsible adult to keep an eye on kids in the water at all times.
  • Teach children to swim with an adult. Older, more experienced swimmers should still swim with a partner every time.
  • Swimming aids such as water wings or noodles are fun toys for kids, but are not appropriate to be used as a personal floatation device (PFD). Be sure to use a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket or PFD for your kids.
  • Teach children that swimming in open water is NOT the same as swimming in a pool. They need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather. See more open water safety tips.

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  • Position the grill well away from foot traffic and play areas. Areas along siding, deck railings, out from under eaves and overhanging branches could also be potentially dangerous.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area by declaring a three-foot "kid-free zone" around the grill.
  • Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately.

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Summer Travel SAFETY TIPS

  • Buckling up on every ride is the single most important thing a family can do to stay safe in the car.
  • Seventy-three percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly, so before you hit the road, check your car seat. Here’s a  quick car seat checklist  to help you out.
  • Use a booster seat with the vehicle lap AND shoulder safety belts until your child passes the  Safety Belt Fit Test.
  • Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. Never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute.

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  • Make sure your children have the appropriate clothing and gear. Camps will often send a required packing list. Follow it. The right gear will help your campers stay safe.
  • Give your children a few first aid basics such as when to use a bandage, what a tick might look like and how to spot poison ivy.
  • Teach kids not to play with matches and lighters and keep a bucket of water and a shovel near your campfire. It’s important to supervise children around an open flame.

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Please talk about these tips with your kids and ask friends and parents to do the same. Then enjoy the summer and remember to keep having fun.