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Summer Safety Tips
By Liberty Hospital
One of the best times of the year, summer is full of backyard barbecues, swimming, sports and other outdoor recreation. With all of the summer fun, though, comes many hidden dangers. But with a little extra planning and prevention, your family can minimize your risk of injury this summer.
Riding bicycles. Wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle — even in the family’s driveway — can prevent serious head injuries, according to Liberty Police Officer Robert Bratcher. The Liberty Police Department and Liberty Hospital will conduct a bicycle safety course from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 16, during Fun With Safety & Health at Liberty Hospital. Children must bring their own bikes and helmets to participate in the bike safety course.
“Fun with Safety & Health allows kids to learn about important issues regarding emergency preparedness, nutrition, fire safety, etc. in a safe and exciting way,” said Carolyn Wells, MSN, R.N., CEN, MEP, Manager of Trauma and Emergency Preparedness at Liberty Hospital. “Everything will be interactive for the kids, and there will be safety information for the whole family, too.”
Below are some more summer safety tips provided by the Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative, who also will be at the Fun With Safety & Health event:
Backyard barbecues. Summer is peak grilling season, so make sure your grill is ready.
- Move it away from the house, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches, according to the National Fire Protection Association (www.nfpa.org).
- Clean it to remove the grease from the grills and trays.
- Always check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it the first time each year.
- Never walk away from it or leave children unattended while grilling.
Pools and lakes. What child can resist summertime water fun?
- Wear a life jacket. For ages 7 and under, it’s the law when they are on a boat unless they are in the cabin area of a house boat or cruiser. All jet ski and personal watercraft users are required to wear life jackets.
- Swim away from electric-powered boats and docks. Improperly grounded electrical circuits or frayed wires beneath a boat’s on-board generator can lead to shocks or electrocutions to anyone in the water nearby, according to SafeElectricity.org.
Thunderstorms. Spring and summer bring stormy weather, and that means the potential for downed power lines.
- Be aware that a power line does not even need to be touched in order to put a person in danger. High-voltage electricity can jump to anyone who gets too close. The Electrical Safety Foundation International recommends staying at least 10 feet away from power lines and their connections
- Storms also can bring lightning. Be sure to move everyone indoors when lightning is visible.