LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) - The backyard is often the central hub of summertime family activities.
Whether it be a neighborhood cookout or playing on the swing set, parents should be mindful of the potential dangers and take simple steps to prevent injury and harm.
Keep Safety Devices Nearby
"You need to have some type of safety device around your backyard pool, even if it is just a noodle or life jacket but swim lessons are the best way to go because a child can learn how to swim," said Metro Parks Aquatics Director Keith Smith.
In addition to keeping safety devices within reach, be sure that pools are secured when not in use. Kiddie pools should be emptied after each use, pools should be covered and if it's possible, ladders should be pulled out of the water.
Water Doesn't Need to be Deep to be Dangerous
Head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Inez Tenenbaum, said, “Children can drown in a very small amount of water. That's why children should never be unattended in a pool, no matter how small."
Learning CPR and other life-saving skills in case of an emergency is also a must for all pool owners. And before you set up that temporary pool, warn your neighbors that it’s going up. If neighborhood kids can easily walk into your yard, you can be sure they’ll be walking toward a pool.
Metro Parks also offers swim lessons for all ages beginning at six months.
For more information on the programs offered, call Metro Parks at 456-8100.
Insects can carry threatening diseases, so be sure to regularly apply insect repellant. Check children and pets for ticks after playing outside, especially when near wooded areas.
Ensure that swing sets and other play equipment offer a safe place to land in the event of a fall.
Check your yard for poisonous plants and teach your children to never put any berries, plants or flowers in their mouths. Be mindful that many fertilizers, pesticides and cleaners can be poisonous.
keep the grill away from other objects, including the house and bushes.
Brain Injuries Big in Summer
Brain injuries are common among many summer sports and activities. According to the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky, one in five Kentucky families report they have at least one family member with a brain injury.
Every year, at least 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries.
Concussions and other brain injuries are most common among infants, children, teens and the elderly (65 and older).
Headache (85%) and Dizziness (70-80%) are most commonly reported symptoms immediately following concussions for injured athletes.
If you or someone you love starts to exhibit signs of serious medical conditions or experiences an injury, be sure to seek medical attention immediately. In case of a medical emergency, always call 9-1-1.