School's out for the Summer!

The summer holidays are about to begin and come rain or shine most children will be out and about playing with their family and friends.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is appealing to parents, guardians and children to keep safe whilst they are having fun in the sun:

Play Safely

We appeal to children, parents, guardians and road users to be aware that during the summer months more children will be playing in the outdoors and in the streets. 

A West Midlands Ambulance Service Spokesman said: “Children should be seen and not hurt. Cycling is a great way to have fun and keep fit but it’s not always easy for drivers to see children on bikes especially around parked vehicles. Anyone riding their bike must remember to wear a helmet. Drivers are asked to be extra cautious and look out for children crossing the road on foot. Pedestrians and cyclists have a responsibility to keep safe and are reminded to always follow the rules of the green cross code *.

“Teenagers on mopeds must wear the appropriate safety gear; leathers and helmet.

“Parents going on a summer walk with the kids must make sure that they all wear appropriate footwear.

“Ice cream vans attract lots of children. We remind drivers to be mindful of children around such vehicles and for children and their parents to be careful and vigilant.”

“In hot weather it is becoming increasingly common for children and teenagers to play in and by rivers and quarries, but they should stay out of the water. Unfortunately West Midlands Ambulance Service has been called out on numerous occasions where children, teenagers and adults have found themselves in trouble, after being swept by strong currents or taken by surprise at how cold the water really can be.

“If you want to take part in water activities please ensure you go to a professional supervised event that will have all the correct equipment and skills to help ensure your safety. If you fancy a swim please use your local swimming pool where lifeguards are present.”

Sun Safety

In the event of long spells of sunshine children and adults alike are advised to be sensible in the sun. High temperatures and sunshine can lead to sunstroke, heat exhaustion, sunburn, dehydration and respiratory problems.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service man said; “To help avoid these problems it is recommended that the public should try and avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day, between 11am and 3pm. If you must go outside in these hours wear a hat, sunscreen and light, loose fitting cotton clothes. Make sure you have plenty of cool drinks, but avoid caffeine as it can make you more dehydrated. Eating more fruit, vegetables and salad can help keep you hydrated as they contain lots of water. If you are planning a long journey make sure you have plenty of water available and avoid leaving babies, children in stationary cars. “

Safety in the Home

Parents and guardians are asked to check the safety of their homes.

A West Midlands Ambulance Spokeswomansaid; ”During recent periods of warm weather, people have been inclined to keep windows open, especially upstairs in houses.  Unfortunately this has led to a series of incidents where children have managed to climb through windows and fall to the ground, sometimes onto hard ground below.  This can often lead to serious injuries. Often these cases involve younger children who are often more inquisitive. 

“We would ask that people review the safety in their homes and where appropriate fit child safety locks to their windows to ensure that children cannot open them and climb through.

“Most importantly remember to have fun and stay safe!!”

* Green Cross Code

THINK! Find the safest place to cross, then stop.

STOP! Stand on the pavement near the kerb.

USE YOUR EYES AND EARS! Look all around for traffic, and listen.

WAIT UNTIL IT'S SAFE TO CROSS! If traffic is coming, let it pass.

LOOK AND LISTEN! When it's safe, walk straight across the road.

ARRIVE ALIVE! Keep looking and listening


Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.