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Safe summer tips

May 26, 2015
Brian Richardson, M.D. , MOV Parent

While warm weather brings more opportunities for outdoor activities for children, it's also a good time to be more vigilant regarding safety. By using common sense and following a few guidelines, you can make sure that it's not only a fun summer, but a safe one as well.

Playground injuries

Each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries.

Check to make sure that the surfaces under playground equipment are safe, soft, and well maintained. Supervise young children at all times around fall hazards, such as stairs and playground equipment. Use stair gates, which can help keep a busy, active child from taking a dangerous tumble. Make sure kids and teens wear the right protective equipment for their sport or recreation activity.

Water safety

With two to three children dying every day as a result of drowning, water safety should be a high priority.

Always supervise children when in or around water. A responsible adult should constantly watch young children.

Teach kids to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning. Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Your CPR skills could save someone's life. Install a four-sided fence around home pools. Make boating safety a priority. Wear a properly fitted life jacket every time you and your loved ones are on the water.

Heat Illness

Heat-related illness occurs when the body's temperature control system is overloaded. Those at greatest risk for heat-related illness include infants and children up to 4 years of age. Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.

Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.

Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

Schedule outdoor activities carefully, for morning and evening hours. Stay cool with cool showers or baths.

Seek medical care immediate if your child has symptoms of heat-related illness.

Brian Richardson, M.D. is the Facility Medical Director, Emergency Services at Camden Clark Medical Center.



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