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Monday, May 2, 2011

Summer Safety Tips

  • Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside, and use sunscreen even on cloudy days. The SPF should be at least 15. Be sure to apply enough sunscreen - about one ounce per sitting for a young adult. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
  • Make sure the life jacket is the right size for your child. The jacket should not be loose. It should always be worn as instructed with all straps belted. Blow-up water wings, toys, rafts, and air mattresses should never be used as life jackets or life preservers
  • Five gallon buckets pose a drowning hazard for young children, especially those between 7 years and 15 months of age.
  • Before prolonged physical activity, the child should be well-hydrated. During the activity, periodic drinking should be enforced, eg, each 20 minutes, 5 oz of cold tap water or a flavored sports drink for a child weighing 88 lbs, and 9 oz for an adolescent weighing 132 lbs, even if the child does not feel thirsty. Avoid caffeine, it dehydrates the body.
  • In the event of a power outage/rotating blackout, consider going to a cool public building, or driving in an air-conditioned vehicle.
  • In 2008, at least 42 children across the United States died from heat stroke caused by being left or trapped in a vehicle.

Never leave children alone in or around cars because:
  • Even on a mild day at 73 degrees outside, an SUV can heat up to 100 degrees in 10 minutes, to 120 in just 30 minutes. As the outdoor temperature rises, so does the buildup of heat within a vehicle. At 90 degrees outside, the vehicle can heat up to 160 degrees within just a few minutes.
  • Cracking the window to let air in does very little to protect kids from the effects of heat buildup in a parked car. When the outside temperature is 93 degrees with a window down 1 inch, the temperature inside a car may reach 125 degrees in just 20 minutes and approximately 140 degrees in 40 minutes.
  • Heat exhaustion can occur at temperatures above 90 degrees and heat stroke can occur when temperatures rise above 105 degrees. If not treated immediately, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke.
  • Children can set the vehicle in motion
  • Your child can be abducted

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