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Stay happy AND healthy this summer

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 9:12 -

Parts of the country have started to enjoy warmer temperatures and the summer season is just around the corner.


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With the warmer weather however, comes some safety issues and year after year, there are reports of children who are injured or, even worse, die from accidents that could have been prevented.

The summer months are a great time to be outdoors, stay active and have fun with friends. But as with any season, there are some precautions that children should take.

WATER SAFETY

While it's fun to frolic in the pool, there are still germs lurking. Best way to avoid them is to think of your fellow swimmers. Parents are encouraged to teach children that a pool is not a public toilet. Also make sure that your children never swallow the water.

ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET WHEN BIKING

BOAT SAFETY

If your family is boating, wear a life jacket. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that of people who died in boating incidents in 2009, more than seven out of 10 drowned. More than 90 percent of the people who drowned were not wearing a life jacket.

BEAT THE HEAT

Summer temperatures can get pretty intense, so check to see if your child is overdoing it. Remember to stay hydrated with lots of liquids, especially water. Never, ever leave children or pets in parked cars on a hot day, even if the windows are open.

SUNSCREEN PROTECTION

Sun feel good? Make sure to apply sunscreen that protects from UVA and UVB rays. Babies' skin can sunburn easily.

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