HPSJ Wants Everyone to Stay Summer Safe

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HPSJ Wants Everyone to Stay Summer Safe

(French Camp, CA) – Health Plan of San Joaquin wants to help keep kids and families safe this summer. 

Safe Kids and Water

“Fewer kids took swim lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic putting them at risk,” says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). A Commission report found “child drownings remain the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages one to four years old.”

Click here for CPSC’s pool safety tips. For more on how to stay safe at the lake or open water click here.

Top tips for children’s water safety:   

  1. Watch kids when they are in or around water
  2. Choose a water watcher
  3. Teach children how to swim
  4. Teach children these five water survival tips
    • Jump into water over their heads and swim to top
    • Turn around in the water and orient to safety
    • Float or tread water
    • Breath with forward movement in the water
    • Leave the water
  1. Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool

Follow your local Safe Kids Coalition on Facebook or Instagram for the latest on events and safety tips. 

A.C.T. for Kids – Never leave your car without checking the back seat!

Each year, children die of heatstroke when left alone. While we may think the weather is not hot enough, inside the car can rise 20 degrees in a short time. Prevent death from heatstroke by doing ACT.

  1. Avoid heatstroke. Never leave your child alone in the car, not even for a minute!
  2. Create habits and reminders to aid safety.
  3. Take action right away and call 911 if you see a child in danger.

Avoid Deadly Heat Sickness

With summer heat comes heat-linked sicknesses and they can turn deadly. High temperatures cause hundreds of deaths each year, per the CDC. Causes include heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash. But these deaths can be prevented. For starters, note the Summer HEAT SAFETY Rule of Five:

  1. Drink plenty of water
  2. Wear light clothing
  3. Use sunscreen
  4. Stay indoors
  5. Skip being outdoors during the hottest part of the day (late afternoon)

For heat sickness symptoms and how to take care – along with nearby cooling places, click here.

Fireworks – Keeping Them Fun AND Safe

About 57% of fireworks injuries result in burns. Protect eyes, head, face, ears, fingers, arms and legs. #CelebrateSafely here with help from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Your local Safe Kids Coalition may be at events this summer. Keep on the lookout for their blue tent and ask about how to keep your kids safe. Here are some tips on firework safety from Safe Kids Worldwide.

Since it’s also fire season, click here for help from San Joaquin County, and here for Stanislaus County.

Media Contact:

Jill Center, Health Plan of San Joaquin

jcenter@hpsj.com or 209.461.2372

 

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Posted on June 21st, 2022

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