Archive for Sunday, March 15, 2009

Spring break safety tips

March 15, 2009

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With the school holiday coming up for many kids, it is a perfect time to remind them how to stay safe. Here are just a few tips from the American College of Emergency Physicians:

• Spending a lot of time outside? Wear sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher, and wear a hat and a good pair of sunglasses.

• If your break includes water activities, remind your kids to swim with a buddy or wear a life vest when boating.

• When venturing far from home, familiarize your spring breakers with their surroundings, and let them know who to call in the event of an emergency. Pack medications and proof of insurance, and carry a cell phone.

• Get proper training for skilled activities such as surfing, water skiing and scuba diving. And don’t overload the activities but make sure you get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation puts you at risk for accidents.

• College-aged students need reminders about the dangers of binge drinking; drinking while driving, boating or swimming; and consuming illegal drugs. Of course, underage kids should never drink.

• Tell your kids to stick with those they trust. Never go to an isolated place with a stranger.

For more, visit www.emergencycareforyou.org.

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