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5 Outdoor Safety Lessons to Teach Your Kids This Summer

kid It’s that time of year again. You’re stuck inside at work, longingly looking outside the window, and your kids are at home, celebrating their summer vacation by playing outside and soaking up the sun. While Blink’s home-monitoring system can give you peace of mind about your kids while they are inside your home, what about when they are running over to the park to meet their friends for a pick-up baseball game, or just meeting up with the neighbor to play outside at their house? Though you may not always be there to protect them, the next best thing you can do is to teach your kids about safety. Here are 6 things you should ensure your kids know and do each time they go to play outside in order to keep them safe all summer long:

1) Wear Sunscreen

The last thing you want is to come home, after a long day of work, and find your child is a shocking shade of lobster. While it’s always good to have an aloe-plant in the house in case of incidences like this, it’s a lot better to prevent it from ever happening in the first place. Make sure you keep your sunscreen on a shelf they can reach, and, more importantly, explain to them why they should always use it. It’s always more effective to explain to your kids why something is a rule rather than simply relying on the classic “because I said so” go-to. But hey, if they still put up a fight, it’s always good to keep this phrase handy.

2) Drink Plenty of Water

We get it kids, you get carried away – you’re having so much fun that you just don’t want to have to stop to take a water-break, I mean, you’re not even thirsty! The thing is, you don’t have to be thirsty for your body to need water. Make sure that you have plenty of re-usable water bottles in the house (let your kids pick theirs out so that they will feel more inclined to use them), and explain to them that they should be taking a water-break at least every 20 minutes. Teach them about the signs of dehydration – such as dizziness, nausea, blurred vision – and what they should do in case they or any of their friends experience any of these. For more tips on how to encourage your kids to drink water, read this.

3) Know Which Pain is Bad Pain

As simple of a rule as this may seem, it is commonly very hard for kids to get it right – in order to ensure that your kids know when it is time to get parents involved, or when they just need to pick themselves up and ‘rub some dirt on it’, you need to first teach your kids how to tell the difference between a serious injury and a minor one. This doesn’t mean taking a field trip to the hospital and asking your kids, room by room, “serious or not?,” but rather simply explaining how they can tell the difference in the future. For example, if a child is bleeding, it is important to get the cut cleaned and covered to prevent any infection – but if this is just a scratch, they can probably wait until after the game. If there is no cut but just pain, let your kids know they should immediately take a break for 5 minutes and then see how it feels – if it still hurts, they should head home or call a parent, and if it doesn’t, then they can try easing back in to playing.

4) Let a Parent Know Where They Are Going

It is extremely important that you always know where your kids are and who they are with. In case of an emergency (injury, allergy, or God forbid something worse), you simply don’t have the time to waste trying to find your kids. With technology and ease and speed of communication today, there is really no excuse for your kids to not be able to tell you where they are. Explain this – explain that it’s because you love them that you need to know where they are, and explain that it’s as easy as just shooting you a quick text or telling you via the Blink home monitoring camera before leaving. When they do a good job at this, be sure to acknowledge it and thank them so that they understand how much you appreciate it and how much it means to you.

5) Obey the Rules of the Road

Your kids may not have their licenses yet, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t know the dangers and rules of the road. Whether they are riding their bikes, or just walking along the street, your kids are still involved with road traffic and should understand how to stay safe and what to watch out for. Aside from the basic “look both ways” rule, teach them that when they are biking, they should bike with traffic, whereas when walking they should go against traffic (while always remaining in a single file line when with friends). Teach them how, though they might follow the rules, other cars, bikes, or people may not, and therefore it is always better to be more cautious than less. With these safety lessons in mind, you can be sure that you will always receive a Blink motion-activated alert of your kids’ arrival back home after a fun day in the sun. Order your Blink home security system today!

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