Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer Safety Tips

As we welcome summer and the weather warms up, people head outdoors to enjoy the sun and relax.  To help foster a culture of safety for BCCS clients, employees and their families, below are some safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics about bug and sun safety for kids.

Bug Safety
  • Don’t use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays on your child.
  • Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as stagnant pools of water, around uncovered foods and gardens where flowers are in bloom.
  • Avoid dressing your child in clothing with bright colors or flowery prints.
  • Combination sunscreen/insect repellent products should be avoided because sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, but the insect repellent should not be reapplied.
Sun Safety
  • Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours - between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  •  On both sunny and cloudy days use a sunscreen with a SPF 15 or greater that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Be sure to apply enough sunscreen -- about one ounce per sitting for a young adult.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating. 
 For more safety tips, click here.

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