Summer Tips

For many of us vacation is just around the corner. Lake time, family time and just catching up around the house. While the hustle and bustle of everyday life is replaced with a more leisurely pace, we should still all be safety conscious. A moment of inattention can produce devastating results.

Children who were babies last year may be excellent climbers now and parents should keep in mind that although toddlers love to look out windows, they don’t understand the risks of falling. Parents can still enjoy having the windows open in the summer while keeping their children safe by using safety devices.  Parents can install a window guard, sold at hardware stores and some department stores, and safety specialty stores.  This forms a barrier, like security bars, but lighter weight and closely spaced.  They need to have a quick-release mechanism to allow for fire escape. A window screen is only good for keeping the bugs out it is not strong enough to hold the weight of a child.

There are different types of window safety devices that parents can use to keep their children from falling out of the window.  Parents can also install a window safety device, which stops the window from opening more than 10 centimeters (four inches).  A child cannot fall through this small space.  A wide variety of devices are available.  A simpler measure could include using screws in the window frame to prevent the window from opening more than 10 centimeters.  If parents cannot use window guards, it is important to keep furniture away from windows – as well as balcony railings – to prevent young children from climbing up and falling.

Don’t Leave Kids or Pets in Hot Cars. The inside of a car can heat up quickly to temperatures that could hurt or kill a child or family pet. The temperature inside a parked car can exceed 50°C (122°F) within 10-20 minutes on a typical sunny summer day in Canada. Within minutes, it will get so hot that a child inside the car could die. Opening the window slightly does not keep the temperature at a safe level.

Young children-especially infants-are three to five times more sensitive to heat than adults. Young children have small body sizes and do not regulate their body temperatures as quickly as adults. Rising temperatures inside a car can cause a child to suffer from heat stress, dehydration and even shock.

To keep children safe in cars this summer:
Never leave a child alone in a car-even with the windows down.
Always lock car doors and trunks and keep keys out of children’s reach. Your child or someone else’s child could get into the car and get trapped.
Ensure all children leave the car when you have reached your destination. Remember to remove sleeping infants and children in car seats.
If your car has been parked outside on a hot day, make sure the car seat and seat belts are not too hot before buckling your children in the car.
Carry plenty of water or other fluids when traveling with children to prevent them from dehydrating.
Sun screen and hats are important pieces of the summer season

Of course, life jackets and a buddy are important when out on the boat. So is the safety items like paddles, tow rope, horn and other safety gear.

Hot weather is not only hard on your vehicle but puts added stress on your body. Stay cool, take frequent rest breaks, drink plenty of fluids and try to be as comfortable as possible. To learn more about heat emergencies visit our web site at or take a first aid class to know what to do in a heat emergency.