Keeping your kids safe in the summer

Drowning leading cause of death for young children.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP)– Summer temperatures are continuing to heat up but as families look for ways to cool off the state is urging you to stay safe.

State officials reminds you that over exposure to sun can cause sun burns and lead to skin cancers later on in life.

While at the park, pool, or beach try and set up in a shaded place whenever possible.  Choosing brightly colored clothing made from man-made fibers can help block the UV rays of the sun.  And always put on sunscreen.  Look for sunscreen that’s labeled “broad spectrum” and use at least and SPF of 15.  Sunscreen should be put on at least 30 minutes before you leave home and should be re-applied at least every two hours.

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If you have young children or infants it is best to ask your pediatrician the best sunscreen options to use on them.

It’s also important that everyone in the family stays hydrated if you will be out in the sun for several hours at a time.

State officials are warning parents to make sure kids are safe while swimming.  Drowning is the leading cause of death for young children. If you have a pool in your back yard its critical there is a locked fence around the pool.  Anytime children are in or around water they need to be supervised.

One man in Springfield told 22News that’s the rule in their family for his 4 year old granddaughter

“Well we have to always be reminding her it is dangerous to be alone in the water.  She has to have someone, an adult with her at all times,” Pablo Serrano, from Springfield, said.

If you are swimming in a public pool it’s best to only allow young kids in the water while a lifeguard is on duty.  Splash pads are also a safe, kid friendly way to cool off.

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