Pediatric: Summer safety tips for kids
Summer is fun, but it can also present some health risks, especially for children. Here are some safety tips to help make your child's summer a safe one.
- Protect your child's head. Make sure your child always wears a helmet that fits properly.
- Check the bike to make sure the brakes are working. Also, the tires should be fully inflated.
- Adjust the seat to your child's height.
- Teach your child to check for traffic before entering a street or intersection.
- Show your child how to get off the bike at an intersection and walk it in a cross walk.
- Explain the rules of the road to your child. Bicycles are considered vehicles and must obey the same rules as motorists.
- Teach your child the proper hand signals for left turn, right turn, and stopping.
- Never allow your child to wear headphones while riding. Headphones will block traffic sounds.
Last reviewedOctober 2013by Michael Woods, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.