For many kids in Sheridan County the summer vacation started on May 27. The Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents and visitors to be vigilant as the kids enjoy the weather.
While appearing on Sheridan Media’s Public Pulse, Undersheriff Levi Dominguez reminded residents to speak to their children regarding safety issues and make a plan.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, injuries are the leading cause of death in children aged 19 and younger, but most child injuries can be prevented.
- Play it safe on the playground. Read playground signs and use playground equipment that is right for your child’s age. Look out for things in the play area that can trip your child, like tree stumps or rocks.
- Stay smart around the house by following tips on fire prevention, microwave use, and living with pets.
- Help working teens learn about safety and health on the job.
The CDC also recommends keeping sun safety in mind. According to the CDC, just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Adults and children need protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors. Learn how to protect your child from sun damage.
- Seek shade when necessary. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent.
- When possible, cover up with long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts to provide protection from UV rays.
- Wear a hat that shades the face, scalp, ears, and neck. If your child chooses a baseball cap, be sure to protect exposed areas with sunscreen.
- Wear sunglasses . They protect your child’s eyes from UV rays, which can lead to cataracts later in life.
- Use a sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 every time your child goes outside. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. Don’t forget to protect ears, noses, lips, and the tops of feet.