Safety Pool and Sun Safety

CREATE GOOD MEMORIES THIS SUMMER WHILE TAKING A FEW PRECAUTIONS TO MAKE IT SAFE. Summer often means more hours in the sun and at the pool. Here are some tips to enjoy the summer safely:

FOR THE POOL Watch children in or near water, nev- er leave them unattended. Designate an official water watcher, an adult re- sponsible for supervising children in the water. Teach children how to swim. Save lives by installing barriers, covers, and alarms on and around the pool. Sur- round the pool with a fence at least 4 feet high, only reachable through a self-closing, self-latching gate. Everyone should know how to per- form CPR on children and adults. Keep rescue equipment and a portable tele- phone near the pool and avoid drinking while children are in the pool. If a child is missing, look in the pool or spa. A child can drown in 1 inch of water in 10 seconds, the time it takes a parent to get a towel from across the room. About 383 children ages 14 and under drown in pools and spas each year. FOR THE SUN Protect your skin from ultraviolet (UV) light by wearing sunscreen every day, in all weather conditions and in every season. Sunscreen should have a sun protec- tion factor (SPF) of at least 30 and say “broad-spectrum” on the label, to pro- tect against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outside and reapply ev- ery 80 minutes, depending on skin tone and SPF or more frequently if sweating or swimming. Choose sunglasses with total UV protec- tion. Wear wide-brimmed hats and long- sleeved shirts and pants. Choose cos- metics and contact lenses that offer UV protection. Avoid being out in the sun as much as possible from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Practice sun safety habits with children. Apply sunscreen to children over 6 months old. Keep babies younger than that out of direct sunlight.

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