How To Protect
HEALTH & SAFETY
Summer is an exciting time of year. With the kids out of school your family has the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of warm weather activities. Your plans may include: a vacation; camping; swimming; picnics; barbecues; and other fun summertime events.
However, summer fun can easily turn into summer injury. Many summer season activities pose unique dangers and safety risks. With careful planning, safety awareness and preventive measures you can help your family to have a fantastic and safe summer.
SUMMER SAFETY TIPS:
# 1 - AUTO SAFETY
# 2 - FIRE/FIREWORKS SAFETY
#3 - FOOD SAFETY
# 4 - OUTDOOR RECREATION
& SPORTS SAFETY
Guard against accidents by wearing appropriate protective gear for the activity. Helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, etc. should be used when bicycling, skating, skateboarding, etc.
West Nile Virus (WNV) has now become an endemic disease in most of the U.S. WNV is spread exclusively by mosquitoes. Only 20% of those infected with WNV show any symptoms. However about 1% of those infected experience very serious life threatening conditions. Insect repellents can guard against mosquito bites. Choose from Soybean based, citronella based or deet repellents. Follow directions carefully to make sure your product choice is appropriate for your family. Also minimize skin exposure from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
Ticks also carry diseases such as Lyme disease. When in wooded areas guard your skin. Cover as much of your body as possible and apply tick insect repellent to your clothing.
# 5 - SUN SAFETY
# 6 - WATER SAFETY
A life vest or other appropriate water flotation equipment should be worn by your little "swimmers." Swim shoes also provide important foot protection, especially at public water facilities.
Only allow your family to swim in water areas that are approved and safe for swimming. Many beach areas will post warnings if dangerous undercurrents or other water conditions would make swimming especially dangerous. Heed these warnings. It is also important to take notice of lifesaving assistance in the swim area. Are there lifeguards on duty?.....just in case. Do you know infant-child CPR?...just in case.
Your home pool should be especially secure to not only protect your family and guests but also to protect neighborhood children who make "sneak" into the pool when you are not home. Children are naturally curious, and could easily drown in an unsupervised pool. Secure your pool (and outdoor hot tubs) and restrict access, whenever you cannot supervise.
# 7 - YARD SAFETY
About the Author: Julie Joyce is a Child and Family Safety Expert, committed to teaching parents how to protect their kids from a variety of dangers. She is the Editor of FamilySafety101.com and the "Safe Kids Report" newsletter. Parents can access F-r-e-e Child ID Kits and other f-r-e-e family safety resources, at: http://www.FamilySafety101.com.
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