This week I would like to talk about the importance of summer safety when it comes to swimming, biking and the sun. I believe this is an important topic because one, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1-4 and children 10-14 years of age. Two, July, August and September have the highest percentage of bicycle-related deaths. Lastly skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Below are a few suggestions on how to be proactive when it comes to these safety concerns. I have also added links to some national websites for more information. Be safe this summer!
- Make sure your children learn how to swim.
- Call children out of the pool once per hour to rest and hydrate.
- Keep children younger than 4 years at arm’s length away.
- If you suspect your child has swallowed too much water, take them out of the pool for at least 30 minutes.
- Make sure your children always wear a helmet.
- Ride during daylight hours.
- Wear bright colored clothes and reflectors.
- Use sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 and that protects against UVA and UVB sun rays.
- Wear 99-100% UVA/UVB sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Limit “sun time” especially between 10am and 4pm.
Kim Bielenda|Wellness Coordinator
Kapnick Insurance Group|Strength. Knowledge. Direction.
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