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Summer Safety: How to Stay Safe on the Playground

Summer is an excellent time to dust off the sports equipment and head to the park for a game of soccer, softball, or basketball. Whether your playground features a pool, a nifty playground, or a newly renovated softball field, the following tips will keep you in tip-top shape.

Playing It Safe

The National Program for Playground Safety reports that over 200,000 children are injured on playgrounds each year. Luckily, most injuries could be prevented with supervision and assessment by an adult who knows what they’re looking for. Here are some things to lookout for when assessing your local playgrounds for safety hazards:

  • Surfaces where children may fall should be made of wood chips, mulch, wood fibers, sand, pea gravel, shredded tires, or rubber mats.
  • Check the slides and edges of your playground for any sharp edges that may cut children or catch on their clothes.
  • Remember that children shouldn’t wear clothing with drawstrings on the playground.
  • Open platforms should have guardrails to prevent falls.

Water Wise

Whether you’re chilling lakeside or poolside this summer, be sure to take the proper precautions to avoid any accidents. The National Safety Council reported that 737 people aged 5 to 24 drowned in 2014. Here are some simple tips to keep everyone safe this summer:

  • Never swim alone.
  • Swim in an environment that matches your skills. Swimming in the ocean or in a lake is far more challenging that swimming in a pool.
  • If you get caught in a current, stay calm and swim parallel to the shore until you can swim free.
  • Be aware of your surroundings; don’t jump on or push others.

Stay Cool

With the temperature steadily rising, we all need to be aware of heat related illnesses and how to treat them in case of an emergency. The Centers for Disease Control notes that the best way to avoid heat-related illness is to limit exposure outdoors on hot days. They also recommend drinking more water, wearing loose, lightweight clothing and cut back on your sodium intake. However, if you happen to be in a situation where someone collapses due to heat, here are some steps you can take to help:

  • Move the person into a shaded area.
  • Call for emergency medical help immediately.
  • Do not give them any type of medication; wait for medical responders.
  • Place a cold washcloth on the back of their neck, or spray them with cold water and fan them vigorously.
  • Drink cold water or a sports drink.

And that’s a wrap folks! Be sure to keep cool this summer and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated while out and about. Remember, if you see someone suffering from heat related illness, call for help immediately and get them to a cool or shady spot nearby. But most importantly, remember to have fun this summer.


Sasha Chavez, AmeriCorps VIP Intern
Sasha is volunteering with the Children’s Foundation of America as our AmeriCorps VIP (Volunteer Infrastructure Program) Intern. This mutually beneficial partnership allows Sasha to work hand-in-hand with the Children’s Foundation of America to develop and expand the quality of the volunteer opportunities to address the unmet needs of our local community. Sasha has been a wonderful asset to our team. She creates content for our social media, assists with our community outreach and has even helped by coordinating fundraisers and volunteer opportunities. She lives locally to our headquarters in Claremont and studies public relations and marketing at the University of La Verne. When she isn’t volunteering with the Foundation, she enjoys reading, being outdoors and spending time with my friends and family.

Summer Safety: How to Stay Safe Enjoying Outdoor Festivities

Summer nights are our personal favorite: concerts in the park, bonfires, and movie screenings on the beach. What’s not to love? With everyone out and about for the festivities, there is a greater risk for accidents to occur. But don’t let that stop you from joining in on the fun because we have summer safety tips to keep everyone safe. Our first topic of discussion: how to stay safe while enjoying outdoor festivities, like a concert or fireworks show.

Bugging Out

We’re not the only ones who love the warm weather. Mosquitoes love warm, dark and damp places and carry the threat of Zika, West Nile and Dengue Fever. Here are some easy things you can do to protect your family:

  • Apply insect repellent that is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Use EPA -approved indoor and outdoor flying insect spray or foggers.
  • Try to keep windows and doors closed as often as possible.
  • Scrub or empty planters, birdbaths, vases and flowerpot saucers once a week. Mosquitoes lay their eggs inn standing water.

Street Smarts

Bicyclist, pedestrians and cars will all be sharing the road this summer. The National Safety Council reported that 488,123 people were treated in an emergency room after being injured while riding a bicycle in 2015. That means that more people are injured on bikes than skateboards, trampolines, swimming pools and playground equipment combined. Protect yourself this summer and follow these guidelines:

  • Always wear a helmet. Your chance of injury drops 60% with this step alone!
  • Be familiar with traffic laws and hand signals.
  • Ride single-file in the direction of traffic.
  • Wear bright clothing and ride during the day as often as possible. If you are riding at night, make sure to wear reflective clothing and perhaps purchase a light for your bike. Make sure your bike is equipped with reflectors on the rear, front, pedals, and spokes along with a horn or bell.

Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are an awe-inspiring summer staple of the 4th of July. They’re also responsible for countless injuries and house fires each year. The safest way to interact with fireworks is to leave it to the professionals. Here are some great local shows you can attend with your family:

  • Ontario July 4th Parade- Parade starts at 9 a.m., fireworks start at 9 p.m. at Westwind park.
  • Fairplex Kaboom- Pomona: Fireworks and monster trucks. Show begins at 8 p.m., gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets sold online.
  • Bonita High School Stadium: Pancake Breakfast at 6 a.m., Parade at 10 a.m., BBQ at 5 p.m., Fireworks at 6 p.m.! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • City of Rancho Cucamonga Fireworks Spectacular: Rancho Cucamonga Epicenter from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Lewis Family Playhouse. Phone: (909) 477-2752, Address: 12505 Cultural Center Drive (Victoria Gardens Cultural Center).

There you have it. Whether you are having an outdoor BBQ, riding bikes around the block with your children, or riding your bikes to a firework show, make sure to pack your essentials: EPA approved repellent, helmet, and tickets to the show!


Sasha Chavez, AmeriCorps VIP Intern
Sasha is volunteering with the Children’s Foundation of America as our AmeriCorps VIP (Volunteer Infrastructure Program) Intern. This mutually beneficial partnership allows Sasha to work hand-in-hand with the Children’s Foundation of America to develop and expand the quality of the volunteer opportunities to address the unmet needs of our local community. Sasha has been a wonderful asset to our team. She creates content for our social media, assists with our community outreach and has even helped by coordinating fundraisers and volunteer opportunities. She lives locally to our headquarters in Claremont and studies public relations and marketing at the University of La Verne. When she isn’t volunteering with the Foundation, she enjoys reading, being outdoors and spending time with my friends and family.