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Tips to keep kids safe this summer

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With summer season on the horizon, families are getting the tips they need to keep their children safe while enjoying the outdoors.

Akron Children's Hospital is hosting its free Safe Kids Day at Jefferson K-8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

When it comes to a child biking alone or with friends, they recommend families bike together first, to ensure children have an understanding of traffic laws.

Stopping at intersections and knowing how to safely cross the street are just two rules of the road children need to know before they hit the pavement on two wheels.

Wearing a helmet that's properly fitted and not too loose is recommended at all times.

On hot summer days the pool is usually crowded, but someone should always be monitoring children when they're in the water.

The hospital is reminding the valley of the dangers that often give off no warning.

"Drowning is silent and that's what we want everybody in the valley to remember this summer," Stephanie Weigel said, injury prevention coordinator with Akron Children's Hospital.

Weigel says children should always be accompanied by an adult while swimming.

"We encourage family members to be very aware of who your kids are going to be visiting," she said. "If they have a pool, they need to know that they can never go in a pool unaccompanied without an adult and if you have a pool, really it's recommended to have a four foot fence."

A gate that closes off access to a pool and latches automatically is also preferred.

She encourages familes to have a "water watcher" to keep a set of eyes on the pool at all times. 

Weigel says it's a good idea for parents and adults to watch children in shifts of about 15 minutes at a time, where they're only concentrating on the water and not reading or electronic devices.

Weigel says pool owners should check on their drains to prevent injuries. She says tips to do so can be found on poolsafely.gov.

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