2012 19/07

Playin’ Safe Summer Events {giveaway}

If there was ever a time to put my kids in a bubble, it would be the Summer. A bubble lubed up with sunscreen, of course.

I don’t want to be that overprotective mom who eliminates all sources of fun. I just want to keep me kids safe and, between water and playgrounds and beaches and camping, Summer seems to keep me on my toes!

That’s why I love this “Playin’ Safe” Campaign with Subway® restaurants and local police. Let’s face it, if my kids hear that the police are involved, they are a little more likely to sit-up and take notice as to what’s being said! I can tell them how important it is to wear their helmets when riding bikes until I’m blue in the face, but when a police officer says it…It’s like a law, mom. Like really important!

Starting July 23, kids (in participating areas) observed making safe choices will be issued a Playin’ Safe Citation by local law enforcement. Don’t worry, these “citations” are good ones! The kids can redeem these Playin’ Safe Citations at participating Subway restaurants!

The “citations” will be handed out for things like wearing your helmet while bike riding, following safety rules on the road and sidewalks, or playing safe at the park. Just simple reminders and reinforcements for doing the safe thing!

To kick off the “Playin’ Safe” Campaign, local representatives from Subway, YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, and law enforcement will be holding three “Playin’ Safe” Events:

Monday, July 23 (10:30am – 11am) at YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo

Tuesday, July 24 (11am – 11:30am) at Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids

Wednesday, July 25 (10:30am – 11am) at Reese Playground (YMCA Parks & Rec program)

So, how do you promote or teach summer safety with your kids? Do you have a No Helmet = No Bike rule? Take swim lessons?

Each year, one out of every four children needs medical attention for an accidental injury.

Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the U.S.

For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.

*stats courtesy of Center for Disease Control and Prevention

My biggest struggle is when we are at the playground! I feel like it’s a constant battle to get my kids to play on the playground equipment the way it was intended (no walking up the slide, no climbing on the sides of structors, etc) when other kids are doing those very things! So, we’re still working on that one.


Alright, tell me how you’re PLAYIN’ SAFE this Summer and you could win $50 worth of Subway Cards! That’s a lot of sandwiches to get you through the remaining Summer weeks. You’d pretty much have your picnics taken care of!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This post is part of a compensated campaign with SUBWAY® restaurants and the Playin’ Safe Campaign. All opinions are my own.


  • My playing it safe tip is praying… can never do enough!

  • My tip is for parents to actually watch their kids at the playground! So many sit and read or are on their cell phone and don’t watch to see if they’re okay.

  • My girls have their cell phone with then wherever they go somewhere out of my sight. If they have a problem or need help, they can always call me or their babysitter. Also, I tell them constantly that three mayors or things help give then beautiful skin- always wearing sunscreen, not smoking a cigarette EVER & drinking lots of water. They groan when I go into this lecture, but I want to drill it in their heads while they’re young & still listening!

  • We don’t go anywhere without sunscreen and water! My daughter is very aware she needs sunscreen before we do anything in the sun, and I try to add some natural flavor to her water to make her want to drink more of it so she stays hydrated!!

  • I always made and make sure to check all parts of the play equipment for temperature. Just because the seat of the swing is cool does not mean the metal parts won’t burn. So check all the parts for heat and for broken, loose or faulty parts.

  • I am the first to admit that I am probably too relaxed about the way my kids play on playground equipment. However, when we are watching the kids in Lake MI we are like hawk. They have to wear life jackets if they are going in past their knees.

  • My kids are little older so its a different type of safety we discuss. They don’t ride their bikes in the dark. Always use sunscreen. We communicate alot via texts messaging.

  • Making sure we all wear sunscreen and reapply it often!
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  • look both ways before we cross the street

  • I always stay close and watch my child when he is playing.

  • Heatstroke can be an issue – pay attention to the temperature and how active their play is and keep them hydrated!

  • A lot of kids like to play barefoot in summer – be aware of sharp hazard and hot pavements. If they are wearing sandals make sure they don’t slide off easily – it’s very easy to twist an ankle.

  • Our biggest battle and yet safety surety is helmets and shoes. My kids live on their bikes and we’re always reminding them about safety. My tips is to model the same rule for the parents – when we go on bike rides we also wear helmets and shoes and it makes it no big deal for the kids to follow suite.

  • lead by example! dont be distracted and always supervise

  • My daughter always wear sunscreen when out and if playing in the pool a sun hat and has pads and helmet when riding her trike/bike

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