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June 18, 2014
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Here is Part Two of Summer Safety Tips from HealthyChildren.org brought to you by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Fireworks Safety

  • Fireworks can result in severe burns, scars and disfigurement that can last a lifetime.

  • Fireworks that are often thought to be safe, such as sparklers, can reach temperatures above 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, and can burn users and bystanders.

  • Families should attend community fireworks displays run by professionals rather than using fireworks at home.

The AAP recommends prohibiting public sale of all fireworks, including those by mail or the Internet

 

 

Bug Safety  

 

  • Don’t use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays on your child.

  • Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods and gardens where flowers are in bloom.

  • Avoid dressing your child in clothing with bright colors or flowery prints.

  • To remove a visible stinger from skin, gently back it out by scraping it with a credit card or your fingernail.

  • Combination sunscreen/insect repellent products should be avoided because sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, but the insect repellent should not be reapplied.

  • Use insect repellents containing DEET when needed to prevent insect-related diseases. Ticks can transmit Lyme Disease, and mosquitoes can transmit West Nile Virus and other viruses.

  • The current AAP and CDC recommendation for children older than 2 months of age is to use​ 10% to 30% DEET. DEET should not be used on children younger than 2 months of age.

  • The effectiveness is similar for 10% to 30% DEET but the duration of effect varies. Ten percent DEET provides protection for about 2 hours, and 30% protects for about 5 hours. Choose the lowest concentration that will provide the required length of coverage.

  • The concentration of DEET varies significantly from product to product, so read the label of any product you purchase. Children should wash off repellents when they return indoors.

  • As an alternative to DEET, picaridin has become available in the U.S. in concentrations of 5% to10%.

  • ​​​When outside in the evenings or other times when there are a lot ofmosquitoes present, cover up with long sleeved shirts, pants and socks to prevent bites.

Lawn Mower Safety

  • Only use a mower with a control that stops the mower blade from moving if the handle is let go.

  • Children younger than 16 years should not be allowed to use ride-on mowers. Children younger than 12 years should not use walk-behind mowers.

  • Make sure that sturdy shoes are worn while mowing.

  • Prevent injuries from flying objects, such as stones or toys, by picking up objects from the lawn before mowing begins. Have anyone who uses a mower wear hearing and eye protection.

  • Do not pull the mower backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary, and carefully look for children behind you when you mow in reverse.

  • Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, or crossing gravel paths, roads, or other areas.

  • Do not allow children to ride as passengers on ride-on mowers.

  • Keep children out of the yard while mowing.

  • Drive up and down slopes, not across to prevent mower rollover.

  • Keep guards, shields, switches, and safety devices in proper working order at all times.

  • If children must be in the vicinity of running lawnmowers, they should wear polycarbonate protective eye wear at all times

For More Tips Check out the Full Article Here: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/News/Pages/Summer-Safety-Tips-Staying-Safe-Outdoors.aspx




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