Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents to talk with kids about Summer safety

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.

Undersheriff L. Dominguez

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.

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.

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