Juani Macias-Christian

Summer is a great time for whole family to enjoy different indoor and outdoor activities. Whether is enjoying a family barbecue, camping or going to the local river, the pool or splash pads, learn to keep everyone safe and healthy while enjoying the summer fun.

Water Safety

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and three children die every day as a result of drowning.

• Always supervise children when in or around water. A responsible adult should constantly watch young children, focus on the children putting your smart phone away.

• 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 cover, alarm or fence around home pools or hot tubs.

• While on a boat or jet ski wear a properly fitted life jacket every time you and your loved ones are on the water.

Heat Safety

Heat-related illness happens when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. These days we are facing record high temperatures. Remember that infants and kids up to 4 years of age are at greatest risk. Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they are out for long periods of time during hot weather. Kids skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they are outdoors. Research has shown that just a few serious sunburns can increase you and your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life.

• 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.

• Cover up. Clothing that covers your and your child’s skin helps protect against UV rays.Use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your child go outside.

• Stay hydrated all the time.

Keeping Bugs Out

Always protect yourself and your family by preventing insect bites and diseases, like Lyme disease, mosquito and spider bites are a threat if you spend a lot of time outdoors.

• Use an effective insect repellent while playing outdoors.

• Make your backyard a tick-safe zone.

• Check yourself and your children for ticks. Ticks are easy to remove.

• Keep areas in your backyard spider free.

Fireworks Safety

Holidays like the Fourth of July and other celebrations can be fun times with great memories. But make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.

• Kids should never play with fireworks. Things like firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers are just too dangerous. If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair.

• Buy only legal fireworks (legal fireworks have a label with the manufacturer's name and directions; illegal ones are unlabeled).

• Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.

Steer clear of others setting off fireworks. They can backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction.

• Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even as a joke.

Food Safety

The hot weather is the perfect time to picnic and cook outdoors, but the warm weather also creates the perfect environment to support the growth of harmful food awful bacteria. Keep your food and family safe by following these simple tips.

• Wash your hands constantly and properly, use soap and wash for at least 20 seconds. Sanitizer is never a substitute for proper hand washing.

• Separate all cooked and raw foods.

• Always keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot.

• Take food straight home from the grocery store.

• Monitor leftovers while cooking outdoors. Hot food can last up to 4 hours, cold food has 6 hours, if the temperature is 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

• Wash all your produce thoroughly.

• Defrost and marinate meats correctly, in the refrigerator is the safest place.

Have a safe and fun summer!

For additional information, call the County Extension Office at 256-582-2009.

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