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Summer is here which means its our annual summer safety tip issue! If its as hot there, as it is here, it means you have the pool filled and the food grilled! We want you to take a quick break before the kids are out of school and your too busy to spend 5 minutes in the house to read our newsletter and go through some of our summer safety tips!
Pool  Each year around 350 people die unintentionally from drowning. Take a quick glance at some of our top pool safety tips!

•  Always have an adult present when a child is swimming. Never let them swim alone. If they are old enough to swim "alone", have them swim with a buddy.
•  Pool covers should always be on when pool is not in use. Ladders should be IN when pool is IN use and OUT when pool is not being used. Gates should be shut and locked when not in use. •  Never jump or dive into shallow areas!
•  Kids should never run or pretend to drown.

For more pool safety tips, please check out or for more safety involving beaches, pools and ponds, check out

Going boating? Check out these boating tips from how to perform a vessel self check to kayaking at

Wanting a non-swimming pool alternative for the younger kids? Try sprinklers, inflatable boats or even small pools that can (and should) be emptied nightly! Always research before you buy!
Grill  Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at the family cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your summer kick-off barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons.

•  Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
•  The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
•  Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
•  Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
•  Never leave your grill unattended.

For more grilling safety tips, please check out for the top 10 grilling safety tips!
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Tent  Are you thinking of taking the kids camping? Please do some research before you go. Make sure you know the terrain, the weather and even the wildlife. Make sure to pack accordingly. Do you have all your medications, food and emergency phone numbers? Oh, and you cant forget the bugspray! Camping can be a wonderful thing, until you forget to pack something important or the weather turns bad. Make it a memorable summer and double, triple check everything.

Do your kids know street safety? Have you taught them to look both ways and to stay out of the streets while riding bikes? Have you checked out the expiration dates and read the manuals to all toys? Do helmets fit and brakes work? We know being a parent can be stressful, and sometimes we forget to do the smallest things. That is why we wanted to remind you. Check out the following sites to make sure your children's toys are good to go!

Powerwheels and ride-ons
And we couldn't forget the "kid at heart" bikes and motorcycles

More summer safety tips!

•  Always make sure children (and adults) are wearing sunscreen. Check expiration dates since the SPF can break down and last years may not be good.
•  If someone in your house is allergic to bee stings, make sure your EPI pen is still good.
•  Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids and always have some on hand for younger children.
•  Children under 16 should not use a riding mower and children under 12 should not use a push mower. Keep an eye on children while mowing.
•  Children should always tell a parent or guardian where they are going.
•  Pets should have access to shade and water.
•  Never leave children/pets alone in a parked car.
•  If you are going to a crowded place, dress your child in bright colors to be spotted easier.
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And don't forget to check up on where your children will be spending their summers. Go to to make sure your local pools, parks and hangouts are safe for your children to visit.

We here at Family Watchdog hope you have a safe and fun start to your summer.

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