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June 2010

Summer Safety Tips for Teens

by Staff, on at risk, at risk youth, poison plants, safety tips, safety tips teens, summer safety, Summer Safety Tips

The summer is here, and all the kids are looking forward to a break from school, a vacation or plenty of other activities warm weather and free time have to offer. While this is the dream time of every teenager this is the nightmare time for most of the parents. There is no school, curfews are shorter, freedom for their teen children is knocking at the door. I have to say that parents have the right to be worried. During the summer the rate of accidents where teens are involved is higher for 40%, alcohol drinking and substance abuse rises by over 70%, not to mention the higher number of car accidents.

Scary intro, well this is just to let both parents and teenagers know that summer is not all fun and games and that parent have a reason to be frightened a bit. But we will not talk about these scary subjects mentioned; we will get some useful summer safety tips. Although they are not as popular troubled subjects, they do have effects that no child or a parent wants, like sunburn, drowning or even getting lost on a trip.

So depending on where you’re spending your summer you are at risk of getting a sunburn, so sunblock and sunscreen lotions are always recommended. Also insect repellants are necessary. Here is a little fact for sunscreens, a myth busted, there is no such thing as waterproof sunscreen. You still have to reapply sunscreen every two hours. Second myth is that UV 30 sunscreen is twice stronger than UV 15, no. UV 15 provides 93% protection while UV 30 provides 97% protection. Myth three, your skin color and pigment have nothing to do with burning, you can be as dark as the night and still burn, use sunscreen everyone.

Swimming can be a real hazard, not only that your child can drown but he can get plenty of infections and diseases such as hepatitis, diarrhea and pink eye. So, never let a child in the water with an open wound. You should never share towels with somebody and you should always take a shower before and after swimming.

OK, so maybe you are not going to a lake or to the ocean, let’s say you went on a mountain trip or somewhere in nature. You still have to be careful of insect and poison plants. You should always use an insect repellent; many of the insects like mosquitoes may transmit you a disease or an infection, so you should be extra careful. About the plants, well there is a saying, the best safety is being prepared, in this case it means to educate yourself. Learn to recognize poison plants like poison ivy, and never eat something you are no 100% sure it’s safe.

These are a few simple tips, but one out of two teenagers will have one of these problems during the summer, so better read this and prepare yourself on all accounts. Have a nice summer. Staff