We need to keep summer safety in mind while we explore: science activities, kitchen, garden, garage, car, and more. Summer safety is a theme in this post series. I like this quote: “Safety is a continuing journey, not a final destination.”
Summertime is so much fun with all the outdoor activities. Now we have to worry about mosquitos carrying Zika virus, along with sunscreen protection. And when lots of kids are together, hand washing for protection against viral and bacterial diseases becomes so important!
I want to share the Zika virus information:
- List of repellants with test results from Consumer Reports
- Synopsis of the CDC report from Clark Howard
Remember, apply sunscreen first and let it dry, then apply the mosquito repellant. The only “natural” repellant that is effective is oil of lemon eucalyptus. The CDC recommends that this oil NOT be used on children under 3. Two types of Aedes mosquitos carry the disease, A. aegypti and A. albopictus (these also carry dengue and chikungunya viruses.) Many neighbors in our block have invested in mosquito control. The one we have uses a chemical derived from chrysanthemums. If we didn’t have this, I could never step onto our porch or work in my herb garden!
Summer safety series posts
Thinking safety! Rules for science activities and personal protective equipment
Safety tips First aid, storage of chemicals, fire, and car safety
Germs, black light and slime, oh my! Exploring hand washing
Ultraviolet detection with solar beads Exploring sunscreen use
9 tips for camp counselors and volunteers Maintaining a safe environment for children & forms
Resource Links for summer safety
- 10 things for your vehicle’s emergency kit from Busy Being Jennifer
- Emergency preparedness series from A Bowl Full of Lemons. Toni also has an e-book for sale that includes all her great advice and a printables kit for preparing your family.
- Safer Car from the NHTSA gives vehicle safety info and you can sign up for recall notices for your car and for child car seats.
- General Lab Safety resources from Flinn Scientific. Be sure to check out the Student Safety Contract.
- My sock monkey is wearing bifocal safety glasses from Mfasco
- “What should you keep in the car?” from the National Safety Council
- First-aid kit checklist from Baby Center
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