With summer here in the Albany area in full effect, minus some intense thunderstorms, all the children are excited to have a ton of outdoor fun trying and doing new activities. The key as a parent is to ensure your children are safe by setting the appropriate expectations and putting in place the appropriate boundaries.
Our focus today is on water safety. With the kids all being cooped up inside for almost six months, they all want to enjoy playing in water of any kind. Whether it’s the backyard pool, the river by the park, playing in the sprinkler or swimming at Million Dollar Beach in Lake George, there are plenty of options that will keep them physically active and engaged at the highest level socially with their friends. It is extremely important that a supervising adult or parent is present at all times.
Drownings are a major concern for young children under the age of 4. Be sure to get your children into a good swimming lesson program or, if you are adept yourself, teach them as soon as they are able to walk. Many families have pools in their backyards. It’s important that a safety fence is installed around the pool to keep the curious kids from exploring on their own. You should consider studying CPR or get certified locally. There are many organizations that offer free CPR training like the American Heart Association.
If you are using sprinklers or slides in your backyard, be sure that all equipment is kept on the lawn and not near any trees, concrete patios or driveways. Children running around wet concrete or trees could cause serious harm. They undoubtedly will be running around and not paying attention to where they are going. Be sure to set the right expectations that they must stay in the backyard and not run around on the deck or brick pavers.
Lastly, if you are a family that loves to boat up on Sacandaga Lake, Lake George or Saratoga Lake, make sure all the kids are wearing life jackets in.
Summer is the best time of year here in the Capital Region. If you are a busy family looking for great activities for your children, you might consider checking out a great childcare program. If you have questions, reach out to TSL Adventures.
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