Summer Safety for Grandma - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/7/05

Summer Safety for Grandma

The grand kids are coming and Grandma and Grandpa are excited, but the preparations have to include a safety check. When they do, they will be amazed at how many dangers lurk around their home.

First put away all chemicals in a locked cabinet. This includes cleaners, pesticides, paints and thinners, etc. Make sure they are all in well marked containers and that none of the containers will tempt a kid, like soda bottles. Children, it seems, will try anything once. They have been known to drink sunscreens, cleaning solvents, insect repellents, pesticides, as well as gasoline, kerosene and charcoal fluid.

If you have any questions, there is now as national number for poison control information at 1-800-222-1222.

When Grandpa is mows the lawn, be sure and check the lawn for debris. The mower can pick up bits of wood and stones and fling them out at great speed-enough to cause injuries.

Burns can be another safety issue. The grill may smell good and be inviting but make sure no children are near the grill or running around in the grill area. Remember that the grill stays hot for quite a while after the flame has been turned off. If a child does get a burn, keep in mind that any burn larger than the size of your palm should be seen by a doctor.

If you have a pool, you may want to get a motion detector and alarm on the door leading to the pool and the pool itself. Remember that children should never be left alone at a pool-even for a minute. You also may want to set rules for running and playing in the pool area.

If a boat ride is part of the fun, make sure you have life jackets for everyone, including adults. And those blow-up water wings are definitely not safe enough for boating.

Stock up on sunscreen for yourself as well as the visitors. Because of our altitude in West Texas, the sun is a bit stronger than at lower elevations. Even on a cloudy day, UVA and UVB rays can burn. To be effective, sun blocks must have a skin protection factor (SPF) rating of at least 15. They should be applied 30 minutes before going out and reapplied every two hours.

Finally, make sure all of your medicines are out of reach. You would feel very guilty if you made a loved one ill by your carelessness. Planning ahead will ensure that the grand kids do not become one of the million that seen in the emergency room every summer.

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