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The Yuma Fire Department recently urged all parents and legal guardians to teach their children to stay away from matches. About 45% of unintentional child fatalities occur in and around the home. They are the result of fires, burns, suffocation, firearms, falls, choking, poisoning, and drowning. Around 4,900 fires in 2010 were reported to the US fire department involving a child who played with fire. These fires resulted in 90 fatalities, civilian injuries, and $210 million in direct property damage. A Yuma Fire Department public information officer explained that two of every three cases of a child playing with fire involves lighters or matches. Most children killed in these fires are under the age of five, as well, and these types of fires are the leading cause of death for preschoolers. Children should be taught that matches can lead to fires, and they aren’t toys. Matches must be locked securely away to prevent access, as well. Families should also make plans for escaping their home quickly in case of an emergency. A safe meeting place should be designated for family members after they leave the home. If a fire starts, a child shouldn’t hide if they are scared, according to news reports. Learn more about safety.
Every nine of 10 times a child safety seat is inspected by firefighters and officials in Davenport, a problem is discovered. Experts recently provided advice to families who plan on taking trips this summer. Car seats are crucial to keeping child safe on trips. Another major hazard involves heatstroke. If a child is left inside a hot vehicle, their body won’t be able to regulate its own temperature. Five children in four states were killed so far this year due to heatstroke, including South Carolina Georgia, Texas, and California. KidsandCars.org as well as other safety groups joined to support a campaign aimed at preventing heatstroke and fatalities. Everyone on a trip should also remain hydrated, and wear light-colored clothing during warmer weather. Many children enjoy swimming during the summer, however it can also be hazardous. One of the top reasons for accidental fatality among 1-4 year-olds is drowning, and two or three children die every day in the US as a result of drowning. Parents are urged to supervise young children and remain no longer than an arm’s length away from small children while in a pool. All life vests and flotation devices should be approved by the US Coast Guard. Upgraded devices will also help make sure a child’s head is kept above water, according to news reports. Read more now.
Improved weather presents a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and go for a bike ride, however those who are considering dusting off their old bikes and hitting the road should keep some important advice in mind in order to remain safe. Firstly, pick a bike helmet that fits properly. Check the bike helmets of any friends, children, or relatives who are biking with you to help make sure they’re adjusted properly, as well. A child might not fit into their current helmet, for instance, or they may have outgrown their bikes as well. Make sure to inflate the bike’s tires properly as well as check their brakes, lube chains, and check that all parts are in working condition before taking a bike ride. Those riding a bike must also be dressed properly, including wearing bright, and neon colors that can be spotted better. Always wear safety gear such as lights, markings, or tape that can help you become more visible to those around you. Put on sunglasses or clear bike glasses so a rider can see obstacles clearly in sunny or windy conditions, as well. The NYC Department of Planning recently provided safety advice which may include using hand signals and avoiding road hazards to ride more safely in traffic.
Bike riders must also obey all traffic regulations and stay careful whenever in these intersections. Cyclists must also make sure to use hand signals whenever at turns and stops, as check over their shoulder for any traffic. Keep both hands ready to brake at all times, since bicyclists should also leave plenty of room to break, especially during rainy conditions. Bicyclists should also keep a look-out for any potential hazards, which may include potholes, construction plates, and sewer grates to avoid losing control and falling. Keep eye contact with motorists to make sure they are aware of you. Look over your shoulder or use a mirror continuously to look for any possible hazards. Parked car doors can also open in front of you, so be observant of a driver who may be inside their car. Continue to bike in a straight line and stay three feet away from all parked vehicles. Check your bike to make sure it is kept in good condition at all times, and remain on designated pathways, according to news reports.
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There are many dangers that arise during the summer that could threaten family safety and result in an emergency room trip. A Southern California doctor recently wrote a book describing the many situations they’ve encountered in the ER. He also offered advice on how to prevent injuries in warmer weather. Whenever opening windows inside the home, he urges residents to never push on the glass, because this may result in forearm lacerations. Window guards must be installed in homes with children under the age of 10 inside the house. There is also the risk of a child falling through a window. The family’s tetanus immunizations should be kept up-to-date, he also advises. Clostridium tetani, a fatal bacterium, thrives in soil and can get into anybody’s body if they are cut or by a small splinter. Children must get the DTaP series of immunizations, and adults should be given a booster shot every 10 years. Many other various hazards can be found outside, such as mosquitoes that transmit the West Nile viruses or ticks that transmit Lyme disease. DEET helps deter against both. A mosquito population can also be reduced around a home by getting rid of standing water. When mowing the lawn, he advises clearing the lawn of any sticks and stones first that could harm a child if thrown.
Whenever hiking outside, make sure to stay on marked trails. Let others know where you’re going and when you will be back. If you get lost or caught in a storm, it may be best to stay where emergency crews can find you. Always use the buddy system whenever hiking and bring water, sunscreen, and extra clothing, along with a compass, knife, and non-perishable food. The doctor advises using a “bear bell” on a wrist, ankle, belt, or backpack to help scare away a potential threat. In hot weather, heatstroke may also happen while exercising outdoors. Elderly adults are especially vulnerable to heatstroke, and they are advised to stay out of the sun and drink cool liquids. Foot injuries are also more likely during summer weather since many don’t wear their shoes. The doctor treated broken toes on a patient after taking a bathroom trip in the middle of the night. Swim shoes must be used in all public showers and around pools and beaches to help prevent athlete’s foot and keep feet comfortable while on the hot sand. Take necessary supplies whenever on road trips, as well, according to news reports.