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Keep Kids Safe This Summer

Three children on playgroundHot weather provides opportunities for kids to enjoy the outdoors. Take steps to keep them safe and healthy, both indoors and outdoors.

Master water safety

Swimming and other water activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity and health benefits needed for a healthy life. Get the most from these activities while helping everyone stay safe and healthy.

Beat the heat

The hot weather is here. The best defense is to prevent heat-related illnesses. Those at greatest risk of heat-related illness include infants and children up to 4 years of age.

Sun Safety for Kids

Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.

  • Seek shade. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent.
  • Cover up. When possible, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts can provide protection from UV rays. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection.
  • Get a hat. Hats that shade the face, scalp, ears, and neck are easy to use and give great protection. If your child chooses a baseball cap, be sure to protect exposed areas with sunscreen.
  • Wear sunglasses. They protect your child’s eyes from UV rays, which can lead to cataracts later in life. Look for sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
  • Apply sunscreen. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB protection every time your child goes outside. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. Don’t forget to protect ears, noses, lips, and the tops of feet.

Be safe at home, work, and play

Most child injuries can be prevented. Injuries are the leading cause of death in children aged 19 and younger.

Prevent youth violence

Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on teens' emotional development.

Learn about health

School's out, but CDC has lots of resources for kids to learn about issues that affect their health.

  • Listen to the Kidtastics radio podcasts recorded by kids for kids.
  • Explore BAM - Designed for kids 9–13 years old, BAM! Body and Mind gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Help yourself, your loved ones, and others have a safe and healthy summer!

  • Page last reviewed: July 30, 2015
  • Page last updated: July 30, 2015
  • Content source:
    • CDC Office of Women's Health
    • Page maintained by: Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs