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Take A Dip into Summer Safety
Drowning is a leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 5. Each year throughout Los Angeles County an average of 120 people lose their lives in drowning accidents; nearly all of these victims are children.
Most of these tragic accidents occurred in backyard pools and spas. Infant drowning's (under age 1) occur in bathtubs, toilets and buckets. A child can drown in just a few inches of water in the time it takes to answer a phone. Learn more on how you can protect yourself and your family from drowning.
Get Fired Up...3 Ways to Avoid BBQ Dangers
Ensure your backyard barbecues are safe for your family and friends by avoiding the three biggest dangers of grilling this summer. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, three out of four households own grills. Burns and food poisoning are the leading causes of backyard accidents.
"Don't Get Burned" and test your burn treatment knowledge. Instruct children to stay away from the grill, and keep pets away from the grilling area. Set up your barbecuing station in a well-ventilated area and only use approved fire starters with a charcoal grill.
Sun safety is never out of season.
Summer’s arrival means it’s time for picnics, trips to the pool and beach—and a spike in the number of sunburns. But winter skiers and fall hikers need to be as wary of the sun’s rays as swimmers do. People who work outdoors need to take precautions as well.
The need for sun safety has become clear over the past 30 years, with studies showing that exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer. Harmful rays from the sun—and from sunlamps and tanning beds—may also cause eye problems, weaken your immune system, and give you unsightly skin spots, wrinkles, or “leathery” skin.
Sun damage to the body is caused by invisible ultraviolet (UV) radiation. People recognize sunburn as a type of skin damage caused by the sun. Tanning is also a sign of the skin reacting to potentially damaging UV radiation by producing additional pigmentation that provides it with some—but often not enough—protection against sunburn.