Warm Weather Reminders

 

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Child heatstroke tragedies can happen to anyone, and most of the cases are to loving, caring parents. It’s easy to become distracted when you are a new parent and are sleep deprived or when your routine is disrupted.  Data has shown that heatstroke tragedies happen more often when the daily routine is changed.

 

Top Safety Tips

Remember to ACT

A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.

 

C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.

 

T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

 

Hot Weather and Water Safety

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Remember that open bodies of water in Oregon are COLD.  Even when the weather heats up, the water may is still be too cold for safe swimming.  Always have your children wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard while on boats, around open bodies of water or when participating in water sports.

Make sure the life jacket fits snugly. Have the child make a “touchdown” signal by raising both arms straight up; if the life jacket hits the child’s chin or ears, it may be too big or the straps may be too loose.

 

Sports and Outdoor Play

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This time of year, kids are excited to get outdoors to play and participate in sports.  Encourage them to drink plenty of water. Have your kids bring a water bottle to practice and games and drink plenty of water before, during and after play. This is especially important in summer months to avoid dehydration.

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Being outside often includes riding on bikes and scooters.  Children should always wear a helmet for biking and other wheeled sports. We have a simple saying: “Use your head, wear a helmet.” It is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bike crashes. Kids should wear a helmet when riding a scooter, skating, skateboarding or biking. And adults should set the standard by wearing their helmet as well.

 

Please share these tips with friends, families and organizations in your community.

 

Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States.  Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury.  Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is proudly led by Oregon Child Development Coalition. 

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