Friday, May 24, 2013

Summer Safety

Kim Gubbins, CPNP
Nurse Practitioner Kim Gubbins reminds us that summer is just around the corner and there are a few items that PHA and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) would like to remind you of in regards to staying safe this summer.

Avoid the sun during 10am and 4pm when the peak ultraviolet rays occur. All children should apply at least SPF 15, 30 minutes before being out in the sun. 
If a child is going to be swimming, please reapply sunscreen every 1-2 hours.    No sunscreen is truly waterproof. Babies under 6 months should be kept out of  the sun

Bug spray being applied to children should contain no more than 30% DEET. Bug
spray is not recommended for anyone younger than 2 months. Also keep in mind that products that contain DEET can make sunscreen less effective.
Helmets should be worn at all times, for all ages,
when bike riding.  This means even a short ride
around the block or in the neighborhood.  All bike
helmets should meet the bicycle helmet safety
standards of the Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC).  Other important bike safety
rules include ride on the right side, with traffic,
use appropriate hand signals and respect all traffic
When biking, only the adult should carry younger
children in a bike seat.  These younger passengers
should always be wearing a helmet and bike seats are
only safe for children over the age of 1 year.
Only allow children over age 12 years old to mow the lawn.
Leave the fireworks to professionals and those who
are licensed to light them.
Home trampolines are not recommended although if you choose to have one the AAP
recommends adult supervision at all times, one jumper on the trampoline at a time, no somersaults allowed, and adequate protective padding/netting.  The AAP also advises that parents check with their homeowner’s policy about trampoline-related injuries (often not included in the basic policy).
If you have a sandbox, make sure sand is either river or beach sand. Avoid sand made
from crushed limestone, marble, crystalline silica (quartz), or other products that are
obviously dusty. A sandbox needs to stay covered and dry. Wet sand can breed bacteria. 
Keep gasoline, kerosene and lighter fluid out of reach for young children and in their
original container.


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