MASTER WATER SAFETY
Drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1-4. Three children die every day as a result of drowning.
It is important to always supervise children when they are in or around water. A responsible adult should constantly watch young children.
Children should learn how to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning and can be a fun summer activity for the entire family.
Everyone should learn CPR. Having these skills could help save someone’s life. It is important to learn both adult and child CPR.
Recreational boating can be a wonderful activity for spending time with family and friends. However, boating safety should be a priority. Everyone on the boat should wear a properly fitted life jacket at all times while on the boat.
BEAT THE HEAT AND SUN
Heat related illnesses happen when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Infants and children up to 4 years of age are at greater risk. Even healthy children can get sick from the heat. For heat related illness the best defense is prevention.
Never leave children in a parked car even with the windows cracked. Temperatures in a car can rise quickly causing heat related illness and death.
Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight light colored clothing. Schedule activities in the morning or in the later evening hours. And use a sunscreen with at least a SPF 30 or higher with UVA/UVB protection every time children are outside.
And remember for summer fun in the sun for children of all ages if you have questions remember to contact your healthcare provider.