Friday, May 18, 2012

Sunscreen and Pool Safety

Summer weather seems to be early for much of the country so it is a good time to review sun and pool or water safety.

Sunscreen is a must for both children and adults who are exposed to the sun for more than a few minutes. Skin cancer is on the rise and sunscreen is the most reliable source of prevention for sunburn and future skin cancer. Use a sunblock of 30 or higher for young children and higher than that for infants and toddlers. Look for those sunblocks that are water proof. Check with your health care provider for their recommendations for the best products.

Pool safety is another important guideline to  prevent accidental drownings or near drownings for infants, toddlers, or children. Even teens are not immune to the possibility of drowning. Educate your children to stay away from open water without supervision. Consider swimming lessons for those children who will be near a pool or lake this summer. Stress safety in the pool during swimming activities and never allow children to be unattended in any kind of water. Keep fences secure around backyard pools and remove ladders when not in use.

Accidental pool and lake drownings happen frequently and are so preventable if children are aware, parents are observant, and precautions are practiced. Safety activities and sunscreen are two of the easiest preventative measures adults can take to protect children from summer accidents.



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