The CDC's Summer Safety Message - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/30/03

The CDC's Summer Safety Message

The Centers for Disease Control has launched its summer safety and health program, a message that will be repeated until it finally sinks in.

"Each year in June, July, and August there is an average of 657 drownings in this country. Each summer, over 400 people die from exposure to heat. Over a million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year," says Julie Gerberding, CDC.

Yet, most of those skin cancer cases are preventable by limiting exposure to the sun. The CDC says other summer safety tips are pretty obvious, too, but worth reminding.

Know CPR, don't drink the water where you're swimming, use the buddy system if you're out in the heat, keep drinking non-alcoholic liquids when you're outside, and refrigerate those grilled leftovers quickly. The CDC says this is simple, common sense stuff that can prevent hundreds of summer trips to the emergency room.

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