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June means school is out! June is National Safety month... But since we do safety every month we just wanted to highlight some vacation safety!

Pool Pools, lakes, ponds, and beaches mean summer fun and cool relief from hot weather. But water also can be dangerous for kids if you don't take the proper precautions. Nearly 1,000 kids die each year by drowning. And most drownings occur in home swimming pools. It is the second leading cause of accidental death for people between the ages of 5 and 24. The good news is there are many ways to keep your kids safe in the water and make sure that they take the right precautions when they're on their own. Don't assume that a child who knows how to swim isn't at risk for drowning. All kids need to be supervised in the water, no matter what their swimming skill levels. And infants, toddlers, and weak swimmers should have an adult swimmer within arm's reach. Make sure to have proper fitting life jackets and floats. Make sure kids drink plenty of water instead of the sugary sweet drinks. Pools need to be "kid proof" to where they cannot access them without adult help. Alot of families go to the lake/ocean/river for the summer. Have you brushed up on your boating safety? Remember to always wear your life jacket and designate a sober skipper! Check out this really helpful site by the Sea Tow Foundation: http://www.boatingsafety.com/safety_resources/booklets.asp

Sun While some exposure to sunlight can be enjoyable, too much can be dangerous. Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can result in a painful sunburn. It can also lead to more serious health problems, including skin cancer, premature aging of the skin, cataracts and other eye damage, and immune system suppression. Children are particularly at risk. Check out the following site from Kids Health to read more on Sun Safety: http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/outdoor/sun_safety.html

Another fun thing to do during the summer with your family or friends is go to a waterpark. Here is a link for waterpark safety from IAAPA http://www.iaapa.org/pressroom/Water_Park_Safety_Tips.asp. (Amusment park safety: http://www.themeparkinsider.com/safety/)

Grill There is no better time to start thinking about cooking outside than when the weather starts to warm up and it stays light outside longer. While grilling can be a great alternative to cooking inside, did you know that almost 60% of all grill fires on residential properties occur in the summer? These fires, that can damage property and cause injury and even death, are often preventable. Check out the following website for some pretty good grilling safety tips: http://www.hpba.org/consumers/barbecue/general-grilling-safety And click this website for some grilling tips and recipes: http://grillingtips.com/

 
Victim June also has a downfall. Most rapes occur in the summer - even though they can happen anytime. We all know what rape is. But we made a list of interesting facts that alot of people did not know.

• Hairstyle. Male rapists are more likely to go after a woman with long hair. (Ponytail, Braid, or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed) Women with short hair are not as common targets.
• Clothing. Rapists will look for clothing that is easily removable. (Skirts, loose fitting clothes, or overalls)
• If a woman is distracted, they become "easy" targets because they are off-guard and are easily over powered.
• People are vulnerable for rape ANY time of the day. And from anywhere, even their "comfort zones" - like the grocery store parking lot.
Rape Victim Website: http://rapecrisis.com/ Phone number: 210.349.7273

If you know someone that has been sexually abused, check out this website to help you help them: http://www.911rape.org/help-a-friend
 
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Have a great and safe summer! And Happy Father's Day!
 

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