Summer Family Outdoor Safety Tips

Thanks for tuning in to see me on the Fox 9 summer family health and safety segment. If you’re new here, welcome! You can learn more about me and my blog on my profile page.

I love sharing parenting resources, so I’m glad you stopped by for more information about Sun Safety, Drowning Prevention, and First Aid. (If you missed it, you can view the segment here.) Be sure to check out the giveaway I have running to WIN items I showed on the news segment.

Sun Safety Advice 
(according to the Food & Drug Administration)

Spending time in the sun increases a person’s risk of skin cancer and early skin aging.To reduce these risks, consumers should regularly use a Broad Spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of 15 or higher in combination with other protective measures such as:

  • Limiting time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
  • Wearing clothing to cover skin exposed to the sun (long-sleeved shirts, pants, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats) when possible.
  • Using a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.
  • Reapplying sunscreen, even if it is labeled as water resistant, at least every 2 hours. (Water resistant sunscreens should be reapplied more often after swimming or sweating, according to the directions on the label.)

Consumers should also be aware that no sunscreens are “waterproof” because all sunscreens eventually wash off. Sunscreens can only be labeled as “water resistant” if they are tested according to the required SPF test procedure. Sunscreens labeled “water resistant” sunscreens will also be required to state whether the sunscreen remains effective for 40 minutes or 80 minutes when swimming or sweating, and all sunscreens will be required to provide directions on when to reapply.

You can read my full review of the Goddess Garden sunscreen featured on the news segment here – make sure to enter to win your own, too!

Tips To Prevent Drowning
(from the Consumer Product Safety Commission)

  • NEVER leave a baby alone in a bathtub even for a second. Always keep baby in arm’s reach.
  • NEVER leave young children alone or with young siblings in a bathtub even if you are using a bath seat or ring. Children can drown quickly and silently.
  • Keep the toilet lid down, and keep young children out of the bathroom when unsupervised. Consider placing a latch on the bathroom door out of reach of young children.
  • Be sure all containers that contain liquids are emptied immediately after use. Do not leave empty containers in yards or around the house where they may accumulate water and attract young children.
  • Always secure the safety cover on your spa or hot tub.
  • Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) – it can be a lifesaver.


CPR and First Aid

Speaking of learning CPR, I highly recommend taking a course if you have not already. You never know when first aid skills will come in handy, especially if you have young children in the house. If you have been certified in the past, be sure to keep your certification up to date. The American Red Cross updates their CPR & First Aid curriculum regularly.

CPR & First Aid courses are available locally through the Twin Cities American Red Cross. Courses are also taught in the Twin Cities area by Minnesota Medical Training Services and American CPR and Safety.

 Home first aid kits should be checked regularly for expired items. If you have small children or infants, make sure you adjust your first aid kit to include items that meet their needs. I recommend adding the following to a standard pre-packaged kit:

  • Baby-safe soap (for cleaning cuts or scrapes. Many fragranced soaps or alcohol pads are too harsh for sensitive infant skin.)
  • Infant acetaminophen or other pediatrician-recommended pain reliever. Most kits include aspirin or Tylenol, but it is typically in tablets designed for adult doses.
  • Measuring device. Be sure you have a way to measure out the correct amount of medication should your child need it. Many medicine dosages use a weight guideline.
  • Infant or children’s thermometer. Adult thermometers cannot accurately measure infant temperatures.
  • Small flashlight for checking ears, nose, or throat.
  • Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream (for insect bites or rashes)
  • Child-safe sunscreen
  • Child-safe insect repellent

These items are available at most major retailers and can make a world of a difference when you are dealing with a first aid situation. Be sure to consult your pediatrician or medical professional for specific recommendations for your family.

Knowledge is power! Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has great printable resources for parents on first aid and safety. Prevention is really the best way to protect our children and keep them safe during outdoor summer activities and all year ’round.


  1. Sorry I missed you on Fox. Thanks for the great safety tips! Even if you’ve seen them before, it’s always good to review.

  2. Thanks for the great list of things. We are taking our first trip with two little ones and this will definitely come in handy! I always forget something and camping is not the place to do that. Thanks

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