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Jun 8th, 2016 Posted in Safety, Uncategorized

Summer is short and everyone wants to be outside to enjoy summer activities. Follow these  tips for summer sun safety.

  • Limit sun exposure during the peak hours between 10:00am and 4:00pm when the sun’s rays are at their strongest or any time of the day when the UV Index is 3 or more. Find play areas that have a shady spot or bring along a sun umbrella. Remember if your shadow is shorter than you, it’s time to find some shade or go inside.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim and back flap and sunglasses with 100% UV protection and loose fitting clothing
  •  Apply sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher to your kids at least 20 minutes before they go outside.  Remember to put sunscreen on ears, nose, back of neck and legs and tops of feet. Reapply often and after swimming and playing with water.
  • Sunscreen can’t block all the sun’s rays. Use it along with shade, clothing and hats, not instead of them.
  •  Encourage children to drink plenty of fluids, especially water and watch for sign of heat illness.Be a role model; follow the sun safety tips to protect yourself from the sun as well.

 

Adapted from Caring for Kids  http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/sun_safety    and  the Canadian Cancer  Society  http://www.cancer.ca/en/prevention-and-screening/live-well/sun-and-uv/?region=mb  websites.

Updated 2016-  Here are two more resources from the Canadian Dermatology Association:

Sun safe tips for parents

Sun safe tips for day cares

Sun Safety

Jul 29th, 2015 Posted in Safety

Summer is short and everyone wants to be outside to enjoy summer activities. Follow these  tips for summer sun safety.

  • Limit sun exposure during the peak hours between 10:00am and 4:00pm when the sun’s rays are at their strongest or any time of the day when the UV Index is 3 or more. Find play areas that have a shady spot or bring along a sun umbrella. Remember if your shadow is shorter than you, it’s time to find some shade or go inside.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim and back flap and sunglasses with 100% UV protection and loose fitting clothing
  •  Apply sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher to your kids at least 20 minutes before they go outside.  Remember to put sunscreen on ears, nose, back of neck and legs and tops of feet. Reapply often and after swimming and playing with water.
  • Sunscreen can’t block all the sun’s rays. Use it along with shade, clothing and hats, not instead of them.
  •  Encourage children to drink plenty of fluids, especially water and watch for sign of heat illness.Be a role model; follow the sun safety tips to protect yourself from the sun as well.

Adapted from Caring for Kids http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/sun_safety and  the Canadian Cancer  Society http://www.cancer.ca/en/prevention-and-screening/live-well/sun-and-uv/?region=mb  websites.sun

Bike Safety

Jun 19th, 2014 Posted in Safety

Did you know that it is the law in Manitoba that all cyclists under the age of 18 must wear a helmet?  Did you know that this law applies to children that are a passenger on a bike whether attached or towed by a bicycle?  Did you know that, as a parent of a child that does not wear a helmet, you could receive a ticket under the Highway Traffic Act.  This can result in a fine or the alternative of taking a Manitoba Bike Helmet safety course. This law came into effect on May 1, 2013.   

A helmet should fit correctly in order to be effective.  Use the 2V1 rule to fit it properly.

  • With your helmet sitting level on your head, you should have no more than “2” fingers between your eyebrows and the bottom of the helmet.
  • The side straps should form a “V” shape just below your ears.
  • Adjust the chin strap so only “1” finger fits between the chin and the strap.

A helmet should be CSA approved and will last 3 to 5 years.  If it is damaged, it should be replaced. 

Be a good role model for your children and wear a helmet too!

For more information go to :http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthyliving/hlp/bikesafety/index.html#bike There is also a  video at this link that would be great for older children who don’t want to wear a helmet.  It shows that it is “cool” to wear a helmet.

Cycle safely and have fun!