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Summer safety

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

keeping-your-baby-safe-in-the-sun_rdax_50Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. If you are pregnant or have little ones at home, there are a lot of safety concerns to think about as the warmer weather approaches.

Food:

Keep these safety tips in mind when preparing foods that are frequently associated with food-borne illness:
• CLEAN: Wash hands and food preparation surfaces often. And wash fresh fruits and vegetables carefully.
• SEPARATE: Don’t cross-contaminate!  When handling raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs, keep these foods and their juices away from ready-to-eat foods.
• COOK: Cook to proper temperature. See the Minimum Cooking Temperatures chart for details on cooking meats, poultry, eggs, leftovers, and casseroles. After you remove meat from a grill, oven, or other heat source, allow it to rest for the specified amount of time. During the rest time, its temperature remains constant or continues to rise, which destroys harmful germs.
• CHILL: At room temperature, bacteria in food can double every 20 minutes. The more bacteria there are, the greater the chance you could become sick. Refrigerate foods quickly because cold temperatures keep most harmful bacteria from multiplying

Sun:

Sunscreen is important for everyone! During pregnancy your skin is more sensitive to sunlight than it was before pregnancy. The sun gives off ultraviolet radiation (UV) which can increase the risk of skin cancer, give you a bad burn and increase signs of aging.

And a baby’s skin is thin and burns much more easily than an older child’s skin. This is especially true for babies younger than 6 months.

Here’s how you can stay safe in the sun:
• Do your best to avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is when the sun’s rays are the strongest. If your baby is younger than 6 months, it is best to keep her in the shade and out of direct sunlight.
• Make sure that both of you wear a hat with a wide brim and sunglasses. Look for sunglasses that have 99 percent UV protection.
• Dress everyone in lightweight clothes that cover arms and legs.
• Wear sunscreen, even on cloudy days. And reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours. If you are at the beach or the pool, reapply more frequently. Water and sand increase sun exposure due to the reflection of the sun off these surfaces.

Water:

Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4 years old? And it’s the third leading cause of injury-related death among children 19 and under. Here are some tips for keeping your baby safe around the water:
• Never leave your child unattended around water. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.
• Avoid all distractions—including your cell phone! Young children need all of your attention when they are near or around water.
• Invest in proper-fitting, Coast Guard-approved flotation devices (life vests). For kids younger than 5 years old, choose a vest with a strap between the legs and head support.
• Learn CPR. It is a great skill to know. You can usually find programs in your community.

Remember these summer safety tips and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

Questions?  Send them to AskUs@marchofdimes.org.

Splish, splash

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner. Where I live, we observe this holiday with parades, little league games, backyard barbeques 60517299_thb1and the re-opening of the town pool. I can’t wait to jump-in and splash around with my little girl. This is such a fun time of year! Outdoor activities are back in full swing, so it gives us good reason to revisit the importance of playing it safe with our kids, particularly in the water. We have a few posts written on this topic already, so you can click here, here, or here to check them out. A colleague passed along a recent (and somewhat gross) article and I wanted to pass it along. It talks about the prevalence of poop in public pools. It’s an unpleasant reality, but important to know about because it can make children sick. On a brighter note, have a fun and safe holiday weekend.

Brushing up on water safety and CPR

Monday, July 20th, 2009

pool-jumpSplashing with my granddaughter over the weekend made me think of water safety for kids. Not long ago I underwent a refresher course in CPR with some of my colleagues.  I’m relieved to know that someone else in the building knows what to do if I slip on something in the parking lot or take a tumble down stairs.  The area around swimming pools is wet and can be slippery.  Kids and adults can fall and get hurt.  I think it would be an excellent idea for parents to take course in pool safety and CPR.  Sure, there should be a lifeguard on duty, but what if she is busy with someone else?  What if you’re at a pond or the beach where there is no lifeguard?

The Red Cross is an organization that offers widely recognized CPR programs. Get together with a few friends and find a CPR class. It’s a life-saving skill, and you never know when you may need to use it on your own or someone else’s child.  It’s a great skill for parents to have to keep children safe, especially in the summer months if your kids are swimmers.

Water safety for your tots

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

learning-water-safety-cropped1My son has a boat and now that it’s warm he and his family are on it as often as possible.  My three-year-old grandson constantly begs, “Me fish, too!”  While he is always in a life jacket and they watch him like a hawk, he is taking a water safety course now.  Lots of pools and beaches have water safety and swimming lessons for toddlers.  They show parents how to properly fit their child into a life jacket and many safety precautions.  Kiddies are taught to float on their backs, to relax and not fear the water, and then to swim.  If your tots are small and can’t swim, look into a water safety course for all of you.  And if your kids are older, review some good safety tips.  For people between the ages of 5 and 24, drowning is the second cause of accidental death, so a review at the beginning of the summer is important.

It’s Memorial Day Weekend and lots of people are getting ready to start splashing in the pool and at the beach.  This week, May 18–24, 2009 marks the fifth annual National Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week. This yearly observance is an opportunity for everyone to learn more about healthy swimming behaviors and other steps to prevent recreational water illnesses (RWIs) and injuries. RWIs are illnesses spread by swallowing, breathing in the vapors from, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, water parks, spas, interactive fountains, ponds, lakes, rivers, or oceans. Injuries at aquatics facilities can occur in or out of the water.  Read what the CDC has to say about preventing pool chemical injuries, ways to keep germs out of the pool, and more.   And have fun this weekend!