Daily Bulletin: Spring Safety

Melissa Kossler Dutton

The start of spring (eventually) means an end to bundling children up for the cold and worries about frostbite or falling on the ice. However, it’s a good idea for parents to consider other hazards as we herald the arrival of warmer temperatures and longer days.

Tips for keeping kids safe range from keeping spring cleaning chemicals out of reach and being mindful of the discomfort of spring allergies to requiring kiddos to wear helmets when biking and encouraging the use of insect repellent. For a full list of safety considerations, check out the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, uichildrens.org/health-library/spring-safety-tips, and Seattle Children’s Hospital, pulse.seattlechildrens.org/doctor-offers-spring-safety-tips-for-parents-and-kids.

Also, if this is the year you hope to teach your tween to mow the lawn, Nationwide Children’s Hospital notes that every day, 25 children and teens are treated in U.S. emergency departments for lawn mower injuries, and the numbers rise dramatically in summer months. The hospital offers advice for teaching children to use a lawn mower safely at 700childrens.nationwidechildrens.org/lawn-mower-safety-tips.