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7 Water Safety Tips For Family Home Providers

Water Play is a great way for you and the children to keep cool this summer while playing outdoors. Moreover, water play is a great way to enhance the outdoor experience for young children in your care.

According to Safe Kids USA, “A child should never be unsupervised in or near water, even shallow wading pools. There are many precautions parents and caregivers can take to keep children safe around water.”

Today I am going to share with you seven ways to keep children safe around water:

  1. Avoid the use of wading pools and field trips to public pools. As a safe alternative, choose to turn on the sprinklers for water fun in the back yard.
  2. If you have a  pool in your back yard, Install four-sided isolation fencing at least 5 feet high, equipped with self-closing and self-latching gates, around home swimming pools.
  3. During water fun, keep the infants in play pens or hold them during water play.
  4. Be sure that the children feet and shoes are dry before returning inside your home to prevent falls.
  5. Keep rescue equipment, a telephone and emergency numbers by the pool
  6. Do not allow older children to swim without adult supervision.
  7. It is vital that you are CPR/First Aid Certified!

Have a Safe and Fun Summer!

Shiketa Morgan

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5 Ways to Keep Children Cool and Hydrated on the Playground

Children love to play outdoors and they seem to care less about the temperature outdoors. In fact, they just want to play outdoors. However, it is your responsibility to make outdoor time a fun, safe and healthy experience.

Moreover, it is very important that you assure that children stay hydrated when they are playing outdoors, because children can dehydrate easily.

Here are 5 Ways to Keep Children Cool and Hydrated on the Playground:

1. Provide a shaded area for the children to relax and get out of the sun. Consider adding a tent or umbrella on the playground.

2. Take the water and cups outdoors. Having water available for the children will assure that children stay hydrated while outdoors.

3. Set-up a  water table on the playground. Playing in water helps to keep the body cool.

4. Go outdoors before 10am or after 4pm.

5. Turn on the sprinklers on extremely hot days!

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