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Message from the Director

 

Summer is finally here. The school year is over and for many families there are fun activities, events and vacation planned.

We, at Allen County Children Services, hope every family has a safe and enjoyable summer. We encourage all parents to take steps to ensure the safety of their family, so the memories of this summer can be cherished for years to come.

One of the safety measures we talk about frequently this time of year is making sure a baby is not accidentally left in a car. “Where’s baby? Look before you lock!” is a campaign that has been around for years. Each year, an average of 38 children die in the United States from a heated-related injury after being trapped in a vehicle.

Please, never leave a child alone in a vehicle, not even for a minute. The temperatures already are warm enough that children can suffer heat-related injuries or death if left inside a vehicle, even on a cloudy day. Vehicle-related injuries or deaths are 100 percent preventable if a parent or caregiver takes some simple steps to remember a child is in the back such as placing a child’s toy on the front, passenger seat. Another way is to have the daycare call if your child does not arrive.

Parents also should lock their vehicles at home. Curious children may enter an unlocked car and become trapped without the parent or caregiver even knowing.

Another safety concern is the pool or a trip to the beach. Swimming on a hot summer day is one of the best ways to cool off. Children love it.

There are some simple safety tips to help ensure children remain safe. Watching children in and around water is important. Parents should remain close to young children. Swim lessons are great for children, not only for safety, but to help them enjoy the water without fear.

Parents need to have an emergency plan in case something does happen around the pool. Lifesaving skills such as CPR and basic water rescue skills may save a life.

While outside, don’t forget to apply sunscreen and make sure children drink plenty of water, make use of the shade and take breaks to avoid overheating.

Food safety is important. It goes beyond handwashing to making sure food, especially meat, is cooked thoroughly and that food is properly stored in warm temperatures.

There are many ways children can become injured during the summer but keeping an eye on them and some common-sense safety steps can help ensure a safe and fun summer. Our staff wishes everyone a safe and happy summer.

                  - Cynthia Scanland, MSSA

 
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