Summer is officially in full swing, and there’s no fun better than Summer fun! While you’re creating memories in your backyard, you’ll want to keep your family safe. Take the 5 easy steps below now, and you’ll be able to focus on fun for the rest of the season!
Take Care of Ticks
Some deer ticks carry disease, and if your child does contract Lyme disease, you’ll have to put them on a course of antibiotics that usually requires them to be out of the sun—not ideal this time of year. Luckily, taking steps like doing daily tick checks, wearing long-sleeves and pants in high grass and the woods, and treating skin and clothes when necessary, can help. Another key step? Using a reliable tick-spray service for your lawn like the pros at Mosquito Squad, which has provided local families with peace of mind from ticks since 2005. They offer both traditional and all-natural treatments and can customize a plan for your needs.
Try Mosquito Squad and mention Local Moms for $50 off a season of protection for both ticks and mosquitos. Call 914-365-7111 to schedule a service.
Be Serious About Pool Safety
If you have a pool or hot tub, installing a child-proof fence, designating a water watcher and installing an automatic pool cover, as well as considering more high tech devices that alert you if someone is in the pool, are all important. Swim lessons, of course, are crucial, since accidents can happen in seconds and drowning is silent. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that swim lessons can help reduce the chance of drowning in children as young as 1 years old, and swim lessons are essential by age 4.
Have Grill Rules
Kids are curious, and want to be doing what the adults are doing—and that may lead to small kids getting too close to the grill. Keep a close eye on kids when the grill is on or cooling, and repeat the message that the grill is hot and never to be touched until you’re 100 percent sure your toddlers and bigger kids understand. A line of chalk that outlines the “no go” zone can be helpful, too.
Make Your Backyard Mosquito-Proof
Mosquitos are unwelcome guests at backyard barbecues and pool parties because of their itchy bites, but they can also be harmful pests, carrying disease like West Nile Virus, Heartworm, Malaria, Zika Virus, Encephalitis, and Chikungunya. Locally-owned Mosquito Squad can treat your lawn at the same time they treat for ticks, making your backyard instantly more comfortable and safer.
Stay Safe from the Sun
Sun protection can prevent painful burns and overheating now and skin cancer later, so lather up kids that are 6 months and older in a mineral-based sunscreen, as well as putting all kids in sun-safe swimsuits, sunglasses, and hats. Keep kids in the shade and out of the sun, particularly in the heat of the day.
Try Mosquito Squad and mention Local Moms for $50 off a season of protection. Call 914-365-7111 to schedule a service.
This story is sponsored by Mosquito Squad.