Who’s at Risk During a Heat Wave, and How Can You Help Them?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prolonged heat exposure causes hundreds of deaths every year. Those who survive may suffer greatly. This suffering can be prevented by understanding who is most at risk and how they can best prepare for heat waves. Who Is Most At Risk During Heat Waves? While heat waves can cause problems for just about anybody, the following groups should be on extra alert: Young children. Kids’ bodies can heat up three times as quickly as their adult counterparts. Kids also tend to be more active and may fail to slow down when…

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Hidden “Back to School” Perils — And What to Do About Them

Back to school season has arrived, and with it, all kinds of excitement and anxiety. While you hope that your children will be safe and happy at school, you’re probably more worried than ever, given the alarming stories that hit headlines every day. Some of the greatest perils of back to school season may be invisible, however. The following are a few of the many hidden dangers you should watch for as your kids return to school: School Buses And Other Commuting Methods If your child is out of the habit of riding the bus, it’s important to review safety…

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Tips to Prevent Overheating in the Elderly

The summer seems like an innocuous season for senior citizens—a time for chatting outdoors, grilling and playing in the sprinklers with your grandchildren. But summer heat and humidity create serious dangers. The body’s response to abnormal temperatures slows as we age, and many older adults suffer from chronic diseases that weaken their ability to self-regulate. Here are some common sense strategies to minimize the chances of overheating injuries. Stay Hydrated Heat and sun dry out the body: so rehydrate. Encourage everyone in your orbit, especially young children and older family members, to drink water irrespective of activity level. Minimize alcohol,…

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How to Vet Your Kids’ Summer Camps for Safety

When we send our kids to summer camp, we expect it to be a time of fun and adventure for them, but we also expect the camp to be run safely. Unfortunately, however, campgrounds don’t always take every necessary precaution. As NBC affiliate KPRC 2 revealed in 2009, a camp counselor at a Hunt, TX summer camp had been repeatedly molesting his boys until a distraught letter home prompted one of the boys’ mothers to start investigating. While these types of incidents are indeed rare, we should always make sure we know who is caring for our children and that…

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