How many times do you have to tell a kid to be careful? You need to wear your helmet when you’re on your bike. Don’t run with that stick in your hand! My guess is that Moms and Dads say those things a lot, especially in the summer months.
So if you are struggling with what content to write about, how about giving out some summer safety tips! Sure, some of these may seem like common sense, but even the best of us need that gentle reminder of how to be safe from time to time.
Here are five outlines for short summer safety articles that your homeowners will most certainly read, especially if your primary target reader is the mom or grandma of the house.
- Safety around the outside grill. Remind homeowners that grills need to be pulled away from the house so the siding and/or decking material doesn’t melt or burn. Also, because I see this all the time, it is also good to point out the dangers of grilling in the garage or anywhere it isn’t well ventilated.
- Downed tree limbs. Kids love to climb trees and “explore” but downed trees and limbs should be avoided. Those objects could be an injury waiting to happen.
- Rushing water. During a hard, summer rain shower (without the thunderstorm), many kids like to put their swimming trunks on and dance in the rain. That’s fine – but if you have a storm water run-off ditch, creek or if your street is downhill, remind the kids that rushing water can pull their little legs from under them.
- Pools. No matter the size, pools are fascinating to kids and scream a real danger, too. For starters, make sure that there is an adult with eyes on the pool at all times. After play is done, remove all the fun toys from the pool so younger children aren’t tempted to venture out to get them. And don’t forget about safety around wading pools. Make sure they are drained after the fun is done because infants and toddlers can drown.
- Window Screens. On newer-built homes, the window screens have a safety message that says something to the effect that insect screens will not prevent a child from falling out of a window (this goes for pets, too). Toddlers, especially, are curious about the outside, and find the cleverest ways to push on screens which can cause them to fall out of the house. Remind parents (and grandparents) of the dangers around windows.
There you have it – five articles ideas outlined and ready for you to post on your blogs or use in your newsletter.
NOTE: Since next Friday (July 1) is the start of the holiday weekend, there will not be a Freebie Friday post. Look for the next one on July 8.