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The Sun, Heat and Children
Summer Heat – Watch for the Little Ones
October 2000 Issue

Water and Backyard
Safety

Start early teaching
water safety to your
children

Hotel Room Safety
While Traveling

Home away from home

The Sun, Heat
and Children

Protect your children
from the unexpected
summer hazards

Did You Know?

Choosing a Daycare
Provider

One of the most
challenging decisions
you will make

Cool Summer Treats
A smooth summer time
treat for you and your
children

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Now that the rainy days of spring have given way to the warm, sometimes hot sun of summer, your children need some additional protection. Medical experts believe that excess sun exposure in childhood can be responsible for skin cancer development in adulthood. Perhaps the most important thing you can do to protect your child is to use sunblock—the greater the sun protection factor (SPF) number, the better. If your kids are in and out of the water or playing, try some of the new water resistant sport sunscreens which won’t wash off as easily. Limit activity in the sun during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Babies younger than six months should be kept out of the sun. Buy sunglasses for your children that are capable of screening out both UVA and UVB rays.

Remember sitting down on a dark vinyl seat with a pair of shorts on? Dark colors on benches and vinyl or leather car seats, as well as metal seat belt parts, hold heat and can be painful to tender bare skin. Sunshades for back and side windows can help reduce a car’s interior temperature. Never leave a child in a car. The temperature inside a car can quickly soar to over 100 degrees. If you see a child left in a car alone, call 9-1-1 and get the child out of the car, if possible. Teach your children not to play around or in cars and that they should never get into a car’s trunk – a locked trunk can be deadly. Keep car keys away from children so the temptation to explore isn’t present. With a little forethought, you can provide the necessary protection that will keep your child healthy in years to come.

Did You Know?

Pools and bathtubs are not the only places that pose drowning hazards for children. Large, industrial-type, plastic buckets can be deadly. A curious toddler bending over the bucket can fall in. The shape of the bucket tends to keep it stable so it does not fall over easily, thus increasing the chance of drowning. Be safe - never leave liquid in a bucket and store them when not in use.


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