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June 23, 2013

EXTENSION NEWS: Keeping safe this summer

By KATHY SMITH

There are a lot of fun activities to do during the summer. Kids and adults all want to be sure to be safe. Here are some tips to make sure you have a safe summer.

WATER SAFETY

The No. 1 factor in water safety is adult supervision. Never let kids swim alone. That holds true whether swimming at a public pool or a private one, a lake, a river or the ocean. Don’t let the children out of your sight.

Backyard swimming pools should be fenced and have a gate that is kept locked if the pool is not in use.

Have an approved child-proof safety latch on the pool gate and keep the key (to the gate) in a safe place where kids can’t get at it. Make sure there is proper supervision whenever children visit a friend’s home that has a swimming pool.

People with backyard pools should test the water’s disinfectant level and pH frequently to make sure it is within recommended levels. Too much disinfectant or an incorrect pH balance can cause eye, ear and throat irritations.

If the family is planning an outing to a pool, lake or swimming party, make sure all children wear properly fitted life jackets.

SUN SAFETY

Sunscreen is an important skin-protection accessory whether in or out of the water. Any outdoor activity should begin with the application of sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside. Most experts recommend using waterproof sunscreen and applying often.

You need to reapply sunscreen on an as-needed basis since water activities will dilute their effectiveness.

It is important to apply sunscreen onto large areas of the body, such as backs, arms and legs. But don’t forget other parts of the body that will be exposed to the sun, such as the back of your neck. Also, apply behind the ears, between the fingers and toes, and on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

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