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Top 5 Summer Safety Tips for Kids

Summertime, and the living is easy.

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If you're a 9-to-5 cubicle dweller, summer has its rewards. The office dress code may relax a bit and the possibility of a vacation to the beach or the mountains looms. The days are longer, which means that it's still daylight when you leave work, and happy hours on a breezy porch are in session. Yes, summer can be a fun time for even the worker bees, but the real winners when it comes to this sunny season are kids. After all, they're free from teachers, homework and school lunches. The long days hold nothing but adventures, from backyard baseball games and makeshift forts to trips to the local pool or sleepaway camp. Still, kids and their parents can't afford to let their guard down when it comes to safety. In fact, more children die from injuries in the warm months than at any other time of the year [source: Brody]. Safe Kids Worldwide estimates that 2.4 million visits to the emergency room and more than 2,100 deaths occur each summer [source: Kotz]. That's not to say that kids should spend their summer in hermetically sealed bubbles; rather, it's important to keep a few summer safety tips in mind.

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