Six Things to Discuss with Your Kids about Their Summer Job

July 1, 2019

Six Things to Discuss with Your Kids about Their Summer Job

School is Officially Out.

Six Things to Discuss with Your Kids about Their Summer Job

Safety is an important issue for young workers, and teen and young adult workers under the age of 24 have one of the highest rates of injury on the job.

Below are safe work practices that can be helpful for workers at any age.

· Teens need sun protection and need to stay hydrated. Many teens find outdoor work during the summer months, such as pool maintenance or lawn mowing. They should wear hats and sunscreen when in the sun and drink lots of water throughout the day.

· Make sure you have your teens' contact information and schedule. Know when to expect teens home after work and how to reach their workplace in case of emergency.

· Teens need to avoid hazardous work. For example, by federal law teens are not allowed to work in freezers, other than to go in to get items such as food. Encourage your teen to avoid taking on duties that are hazardous or dangerous to his or her health or well-being.

· Teen workers should report unsafe conditions to their boss. Let your kids know that everyone has the right to a safe working environment. Encourge your young worker to report issues such as wet floors that can cause someone to slip and fall.

· Show teens how to reduce the chance of electrocution. Remind them to keep power tools and any machinery away from water and to never touch a downed power line.

· Teach teens about safe lifting practices. Sooner or later, your child will have to pick up something heavy. Talk gto them about when to ask for help and how to lift safely. A physical therapist or occupational therapist can provide tips for lifting.

Once you’ve discussed all of this and more, keep checking in with your teens as the summer progresses. Make sure that eating, sleeping, and day-to-day care aren't suffering while they're holding down a job. Most teen summer jobs are great experiences, and you can help ensure this by keeping the lines of communication open between you and your children Visit the Saint Peter’s Better Health Library for more summer health tips.

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