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Summer Safety Tips for the Whole Family

Summer Safety Tips for the Whole Family

As summer approaches, families are eager to enjoy the great outdoors. However, it’s crucial to keep safety in mind to prevent accidents and injuries. Here are some simple tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer vacation.

Gear Up for Safety

Whether you’re riding bikes, ATVs, rollerblades, or skateboards, always wear a helmet. Parents, this goes for you too! Set a good example for your kids by wearing a helmet during family bike rides.

bike ride

Water Safety

Never leave a child unattended in or near water. Teach them how to swim and don’t rely on pool floats for safety. If they can’t swim, use a life jacket or better yet, hop in the pool with them. For more safety tips, visit

Kids in the pool

Road Safety

Always wear a seat belt and use car seats appropriately. The Fredericksburg Police Department offers free car seat safety checks every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Click here for more information.

teddy bear in seat belt

River Safety

When near the river or lake, wear a U.S Coast Guard approved personal flotation device. The Rappahannock River has strong currents and an uneven floor with debris that can make for dangerous swimming. For more information on river safety, visit

child on a boat

Firework Safety

Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Always light fireworks one at a time and move back quickly. Children should always be closely supervised when using sparklers. For more firework safety tips, visit

child with sparkler

Home Safety

Keep a fire extinguisher handy in your kitchen and create a home emergency escape plan. Teach your little firefighters about fire safety. Always keep matches and lighters out of reach of children. Turn those pot handles toward the wall and keep firearms, sharp objects, and cleaning supplies locked and out of reach of children.

child with firefighter helmet

For more information on injury prevention, visit

We have four emergency rooms serving our community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: >Mary Washington Hospital, Stafford Hospital, Emergency Department at Harrison Crossing, Emergency Department at Lee's Hill

Remember, it’s always good to see you, but we hope we never do. Have a safe summer!