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Summertime Safety

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, July 13, 2015

Happy Monday!

Summer is in full swing and there are a ton of activities going on! Between sports, swimming, hiking, and youth camps, there are plenty of opportunities for children and adults to stay active. However, the most important aspect, no matter the activity, is safety!  The New York City
 Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) has created a great safety guide containing safety tips so program staff can refer to it if a situation should occur. Below are some tips to help keep children and adults safe while having fun.

  • Precautions during Extreme Heat

North Carolina can often experience extreme heat during the summer months. Plan to hold strenuous play or activities during the coolest times of the day. If the participants are engaged in long periods of activity while exposed in the sun, make sure they are taking frequent breaks and you are monitoring the intensity of the activity, if needed reduce the time of the activity. Lastly, make sure the participants are well hydrated, wearing thin clothing, and applying sunscreen protection every couple hours.


  • Playground Safety

Playgrounds are an awesome pastime for children. Program providers can play a role in preventing playground injuries by implementing precautionary steps to ensure safety. First, there should always be an appropriate number of staff supervising the children, that way the equipment is being properly used.  Staff should check equipment to make sure it is in good structural condition. Removing drawstrings from a child’s clothes can help prevent their clothes getting stuck in the equipment.  Planning playground rules are a great way to promote fair and safe play on the equipment! If your department has a staff member who is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) , be sure to involve them in the conversation if not check out NRPA of more info:


  • Swimming Safety

Swimming is not only great exercise but a way to stay cool in the summer. However, young swimmers should always be supervised! Ensuring there is an appropriate number of staff supervising the children is a great way for all kids to be accounted for. The children should also have a swimming buddy to help keep the children together.  Lifeguards should be CPR certified.

Both adults and children should be out enjoying the sun! Following simple rules and guidelines can help encourage all participants to remain safe while getting plenty of exercise! If you have any safety guidelines for your programs then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here:  (,


Tags:  Healthy Living  Summer  Wellness bulletin  Youth Safety 

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