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For Immediate Release:
July 15, 2020
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Taking Simple Precautions Can Keep Children Safe Near the Water, in Hot Cars and Playing Outside

In Light of COVID-19, New Yorkers Should Continue to Follow All Necessary Health Guidance Throughout the Summer to Ensure Everyone’s Safety

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) today offered New Yorkers tips to keep children safe this summer season. Summer is the ideal time for children to get outside to play, and it’s important for New Yorkers to take simple precautions to keep kids safe. All summer outdoors activities must follow all applicable state guidance and take place in accordance with the state’s phased-in, regional reopening plan as detailed in the NY Forward website.

“Summer is prime time for our children to get outside, have some fun and play, particularly this year after a prolonged period of being cooped up due to COVID-19,” said Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, who oversees the New York State Division of Consumer Protection. “To ensure that these outdoor activities remain fun for all, I encourage New Yorkers to follow basic tips to help keep our kids safe when enjoying their summer.”

Water Safety Tips

Being near water is a summer past-time, but drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children between ages 1 and 4.  Keep these tips in mind while having fun in the water:

Safety Tips for Children and Pets in Hot Cars

There is a real and severe danger of leaving children or pets in hot cars, the caregiver could be culpable under child endangerment laws. Sadly, 857 children have died nationwide due to Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke (PVH) since 1998. Ten of these were in New York State. Follow these tips to prevent additional tragedies:

Outside Play Safety Tips

Playing outdoors is fun and healthy for children. However, some basic rules can make this activity safe and enjoyable. Keep these basic tips in mind:

Bike/Skateboard/Scooter Safety

Trampoline Safety

Playground Safety

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection serves to educate, assist and empower the State’s consumers.  For more consumer protection information, call the Consumer Helpline at 800-697-1220, Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. Consumer complaints can be filed anytime online at the Division website, Follow the Division at @NYSConsumer or