SAFE CAMPING

Some people love the great outdoors and are willing to pitch a tent in the nearest glade and set up a rustic campsite. Other people prefer to camp with all the comforts of home in an RV or trailer. (This is often called “glamping.”) Whatever your preference, being prepared is essential for a safe and successful camping trip.  “Being prepared for emergency situations is critical when people are out in remote areas with limited access to phone service, hospitals and emergency help,” said Don Lauritzen.

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LET YOUR KIDS STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES AT THE ARBORETUM

Are you looking for something that can provide your children a very special opportunity? Something that at the same time will allow them to experience stimulating sensations? The place you seek is right here in Lexington on the campus of the University of Kentucky. The Arboretum is Kentucky’s state botanical garden and includes the Home Demonstration Garden, the Rose Garden and the Fragrance Garden.  Start your exploration with a stop at the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center, which is open Monday through Friday....

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KEEPING KIDS ACTIVE IN THE SUMMER

Kids these days are heading down the path leading to a sedentary lifestyle, and that makes it important for adults to spark a passion for activity in them. This will keep their bodies, brains and development on track. Summer is the right time to get them moving.

Here are five ways to encourage your kids to live and love an active and healthier lifestyle outdoors.

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•  Never let your child swim  during a storm.


•  Swimming aids such as water wings or noodles are fun toys, but they should not be used in place of a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device (PFD).


•  Don’t let your kids jump in water less than 9 feet deep, and no diving unless the water depth is 12 feet or more.


•  No running, pushing or dunking.


•  Don’t chew gum or eat when in the water.


•  Always ensure there is a life guard on duty, whether you’re at the beach or pool. Check to make sure there is appropriate safety equipment handy, such as a ring buoy or reaching pole, a cell phone, life jackets and a first-aid kit.


•  Swimming instructors should be trained in CPR and certified by the Red Cross or another reputable program.  

Having fun and beating the heat this summer may mean spending time with your kids swimming. However, before getting into the pool, lake or ocean, it is important to know about swimming safety and to take appropriate precautions to prevent any accident or injuries.


“Keep in mind, drowning is silent,” said Chris Vitale, RN, MSN, injury prevention manager at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “Children younger than 4 should be within arm’s reach of an adult at all times, and children over the age of 4, even if they know how to swim, should always have an adult’s eyes on them.”


According to experts, kids need to know how to swim. School-age kids can follow directions and listen, so working with a trained instructor or parent can boost their confidence in the water. Here are some swimming safety tips for kids:


•  Introduce babies to water when they are around 6 months of age. Over time, teach them how to tread water and float and insist they stay near the shore. They should be made aware of river currents, uneven surfaces, ocean undertow and changing weather.


•  Never leave a small child unattended near water, and don’t trust a child’s life to another child. Teach kids to seek permission to go near the water.

SWIMMING SAFETY FOR KIDS

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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•  Stay within arm’s reach of your child at all times. If there are many adults present when kids are swimming, use the Water Watcher strategy, which designates an adult as the Water Watcher for a certain time period to prevent lapses in supervision.


•  Ensure backyard pools have four-sided fencing that is at least 4 feet high and a self-closing, self-latching gate to prevent kids from wandering into the pool area unsupervised. Install alarms to alert you in case a child wanders into the pool area. Many kids who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.