Coach Campbell was already in the classroom when the “Can Do:” Kids arrived for the start of the school day. He greeted the students and asked that they take their seats so he could begin talking to them about summer safety.
“Summer is a wonderful time of the year,” said Coach Campbell. “A time for summer fun playing games, going swimming, riding bikes and skateboards, playing sports like baseball, going to camp and visiting friends and family. Summer is also a time when children who don’t practice summer safety rules can have accidents and wind up not having so much fun. So, let’s review some summer safety rules to be sure all of you have a great summer.”
The class all nodded. Coach began by reviewing water safety. He reminded the class to:
- Learn to swim
- Never swim alone
- At the beach, pool or lake, never swim or even go into the water unless there is a life guard on duty
- If you have a home pool, don’t go into the pool unless there is an adult there to watch over you
- Don’t play rough in the water by holding someone’s head under water, or grabbing his or her legs
- Wear a life jacket in a boat
- Don’t use an inner tube or other inflatable device without an adult being near you
The “Can Do” Kids all nodded their heads to let Coach know they understood and would practice the water safety rules he shared with them.
Coach then moved onto safety rules for games, sports, riding bikes, skateboards and scooters by reminding the class to:
- Always wear a helmet when riding a bike, a scooter and a skateboard to prevent a head injury in case of a fall.
- Don’t throw equipment around for others to trip on or get hit with during and after a game
- Don’t ride your bike, skateboard, or scooter after dark
- Don’t ride your bike, scooter or skateboard in street traffic, ride it in areas reserved for these biking, skateboarding and scooter riding.
- When playing sports, use proper equipment, play safe and play fair
Coach ended his summer safety talk by wishing everyone a safe and fun summer.