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Chico, Calif.-- Today is the first day of summer vacation for families across the North State.
"I like to eat strawberries and to play woth my sister," said Shasta elementary student Joshua.
"I want to play fort-night all Summer long," said his classmate Owen.
"I want to go have fun with my mom and dad," said fellow student Audrey Kiraly.
All this extra time off means loads of summertime fun, but there are some safety issues to consider.
The Center for Disease Control reminds us to keep ourselves and our kids hydrated, protect them with sunscreen and bug spray when you head outdoors.
The National Safety Council points out the risks that go along with bicycling, fireworks during the 4th of July, even playgrounds are a common place for kids to get hurt.
So, let your kids have fun, but do your research and teach them how to stay safe as well.
While kids are ready for a well-deserved break, for parents? this can mean even more work!
Many parents rely on summer camps, which can be a lot of fun for kids, though some are more affordable than others.
Some parents save up as much vacation time as they can for summer vacation and are planning to hit the road over break.
"My kids aren't going to camp so it makes it a little trickier when I have to work, but when I don't we get to sleep in, play in the sprinklers and enjoy a simpler way of life," said Annette Kiraly.
"I work, but it'll be fun, we'll do a lot of fun stuff.," said Chico parent Fred Leopoldo.
If you're a working parent, you're in the majority; during the summer, kids are often in the sun more, home alone more often and generally less supervised, and the National Center for Missing Children warns that it's never to early to teach your kids the basics.
They should know their home address and phone number, what neighbors to go to in an emergency, how they can always reach you and never to open the door to strangers.
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