Northwest Area Command May Newsletter
From the Commander's Desk
Check out the May 2015 Newsletter from Commander Dodi Camacho.
Summer Tips from the Crime Prevention Specialists
- Helmet Safety: An appropriate helmet must be worn whenever a child is "on wheels." This means bicycles, scooters, skates, roller-blades, skateboards and more! The helmet must fit properly. Helmets can be life saving and can protect a child from serious injury. Be sure the right type of helmet is being used. For example, a bike helmet needs to be used for biking. Moms and dads should wear helmets as well.
- Pedestrian Safety: Teach children to walk, not run, across the street. Children should cross only with an adult or an older, responsible child. Whenever crossing the street, try to make eye contact with any drivers nearby, to be sure they see you. Teach children to avoid running out from between parked cars. Use sidewalks whenever possible. Always hold your child’s hand near any moving or parked vehicles.
Adults always need to set a good example!
- Water Safety: Adult supervision is of paramount importance. Parents need to focus on their children 100 percent of the time. No distractions! Remember, no child or adult is "drown proof."
Sun Protection: Avoid sun exposure during peak sun hours (10 AM – 6 PM). Wear protective clothing and a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses (with 99-100% UV protection). Sunscreen is a must (on sunny and cloudy days)! Look for products with UVA and UVB protection and an SPF of at least 15 (according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Association of Dermatology). Sunscreen should be applied liberally 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapplied every two hours or sooner if swimming, sweating or toweling off. Look for shade whenever possible.
- Summer First Aid Kit: Every family should have at least one first aid kit at home which is well stocked and readily accessible. Kids get lots of cuts and scrapes during the warm summer months, so it’s nice to be prepared. Don’t forget to restock the kit once an item has been used. Be sure to keep a list of emergency numbers where they are easy to find. This list should include: emergency medical services (911), the doctor’s number, the dentist’s number, poison control, a number where mom and/or dad can be reached and any other important phone numbers.
- Dehydration and Heat-Related Illnesses: Keeping well hydrated is very important. Children (and adults) must remember to drink. Do not wait until a child says he is thirsty before offering fluids. At this point, he is already dehydrated, so be sure to provide plenty of fluids before going outside, while out in the heat and afterwards. Playing in the hot summer sun means lots of fluid losses, so avoid strenuous activity during peak sun hours (10 am- 6 pm). Look for shade and take lots of breaks.
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