MommyDocs Summer Staycation Safety

With the economy hitting home for so many, money is tight. We ourselves had been looking forward to taking the girls to the Omaha Zoo for a weekend but our plans were scratched because of money issues. I still want Kelsie and Aubrey to get the chance to be outside and enjoy the Summer weather. We’ve gone to a local flower garden, we have plans to go to the pool and of course, who can have a Summer without atleast one time grilling??Photobucket

Clorox and MomCentral have teamed up to recognize families are staying closer to home this Summer. They have created five tips to keep your house safe and fun during “Summer Staycation”.

Staying Safe at BBQs. According to a recent survey, 70 percent of Moms are cooking more at home and many are likely switching up their meal routine with an outdoor BBQ. Make sure your kids have a safe BBQ experience by keeping them away from the flames and any sharp knives. Also, don’t forget to check that your child’s hamburger is fully cooked. Always keep a thermometer on hand to be sure all food has reached the appropriate inside temperature.

Keep the Pool Cool and Clean. If your kids love to spend hot afternoons in kiddie pools, you know the importance of cleaning the pool area. Dump out water after each session, and keep the pool clean by disinfecting it with a solution of ¾ cup bleach* to one gallon of water. Don’t forget to rinse well and dry thoroughly after each cleaning (never leave any water in the pool). Be sure to always supervise children when they are in or around any water. (* Always remember to read and follow precautions and usage directions before using cleaning products)

Staying Healthy and Hydrated. Spending time in the heat means kids will be more prone to becoming dehydrated. Remind kids to take frequent rest/drink breaks in the shade when playing outside and try to avoid activity during peak sun hours.  Encourage fluids before, during, and after outside activities.

Having Peace of Mind at Playgrounds. Sometimes just getting out of the house is the best way to keep it clean, but before letting kids loose at the playground, ensure the safety of the equipment. Swing seats and slides can really heat up in the sun – test them out before your kids hop on to avoid burns. Be sure the playground surface is composed of a soft material to help prevent injury. All playground equipment should be routinely checked for any broken or loose parts.  As always, adult supervision is a must at all times!

Saving on Spills. Spending extra time around the house, especially with kids, often means more spills to clean up. Synthetic sponges and kitchen cloths can start to smell and carry bacteria, but you don’t have to toss them out after a few uses. One option to reduce bacteria is to sanitize sponges and dishrags by soaking them in a bleach solution (¾ cup of bleach* to a gallon of water) for 5 minutes in the sink.  Don’t forget to rinse and dry when done.  A wet sponge can also be microwaved to get rid of bacteria. (* Always remember to read and follow precautions and usage directions before using cleaning products)

Plenty of great ideas! I know all about the stinky towels so I know I’ll be trying to soak them and using the microwave to kill germs as well.

What tips do you have for a Summer Staycation?

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1 Comment

  1. I am so glad Clorox is bringing attention to this.Summer seems like the worst season for accidents.One summer when my son was a toddler,he was outside and
    got ahold of the gas can while DH was cutting grass.He got it in his eyes
    and I called poision control.I rinsed his eyes for 30 minutes straight
    It was a nightmare.

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