Monday, April 21, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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First 5 El Dorado: Is your child Ready? Summer safety

Kathleen Guerrero

KATHLEEN GUERRERO

We are so lucky to live in a beautiful county, rich with outdoor activities. With the kids out of school, families will enjoy activities that El Dorado County communities are known for: the El Dorado County Fair, Fourth of July barbecues, hikes, picnics and days on the river.

As families pack up the car, there are a few things to remember to ensure our children, especially little ones, are safe.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the top safety concerns for children in the hot summer months are too much sun, too little water and caution around water.

For infants, the two best ways to avoid sunburn are to avoid the sun or dressing babies in lightweight clothes with long sleeves and pants and wide-brimmed hats.

If the sun cannot be avoided or the right clothes are not available, use a little sunscreen with at least a 15 SPF to areas exposed to the sun.

It’s easy to overlook the amount of water children need when outside. Babies are little and require water or other fluids more often to keep hydrated. Keep water bottles and other fluids on hand.

When the days heat up, many families head to the river or a pool to cool off. All children near water should have life jackets to ensure their safety. Parents should not expect that inflatable toys such as “floaties” will be as safe as life jackets.

The California Department of Boating and Waterways is working with local fire departments and water centers to loan life jackets to all families. There are three agencies near El Dorado County that can be called to borrow life jackets for children:

El Dorado Hills Fire Department — Station 84, 916-933-3471 or Station 85: 916-933-6623 ext. 9

Folsom City Fire Department — Station 35, 916-984-2877

Sacramento State Aquatic Center — Lake Natoma, 916-278-2842

Enjoy these precious days with your children and enjoy all that El Dorado County has to offer.

For more information on summer safety families can visit the AAP Website at healthychildren.org or contact the First 5 El Dorado commission at 530-622-5787.

Kathleen Guerrero is the managing director of First 5 El Dorado.

Kathleen Guerrero

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