SUMMER SAFETY TIPS - PART II
Keep your family safe this summer by following these tips from the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Please feel free to use them in any print or broadcast story, with appropriate attribution
- Fireworks can result in severe burns, scars
and disfigurement that can last a lifetime.
- Fireworks that are often thought to be safe,
i.e. sparklers, can reach temperatures above 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, and can burn users and bystanders.
- Parents should attend professional fireworks
displays rather than using fireworks at home.
- The AAP recommends prohibiting public sale
of all fireworks, including those by mail or the Internet.
- Children should wear life jackets at all times
when on boats or near bodies of water.
- 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.
- Adults should wear life jackets for their own
protection, and to set a good example.
- Adolescents and adults should be warned of
the dangers of boating when under the influence of alcohol, drugs and even some prescription medications.
Open water swimming
- Even good swimmers need buddies -make sure
your child knows never to swim alone.
- A lifeguard (or another adult who knows about
water rescue) needs to be watching children whenever they are in or near the water.
- Make sure your child knows never to dive into
water except when permitted by an adult who knows the depth of the water and who has checked for underwater objects.
- Never let your child swim in canals or any
fast moving water.
- Ocean swimming should only be allowed when
a lifeguard is on duty.
- Younger children should be closely supervised
while in the water – use “touch supervision,” keeping no more than an arm’s length away.
- Children who are not licensed to drive a car
should not be allowed to operate off-road vehicles. Off-road vehicles are particularly dangerous for children younger than
16 years who may have immature judgment and motor skills.
- Riding double should not be permitted because
passengers are frequently injured.
- All riders should wear helmets, eye protection
and protective reflective clothing. Appropriate helmets are those designed for motorcycle (not bicycle) use, and should include
safety visors/face shields for eye protection.
- Parents should never permit nighttime riding
or street use of off-road vehicles.
- Flags, reflectors and lights should be used
to make vehicles more visible.
- Drivers of recreational vehicles should not
drive while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or even some prescription medicines. Parents should set an example for their
children in this regard.
- Young drivers should be discouraged from on-road
riding of any 2-wheeled motorized cycle, even when they are able to be licensed to do so, because they are inherently more
dangerous than passenger cars.
American Academy of Pediatrics, June 2007