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Summer safety

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

THE heat is on! And it’s been intensifying every year.

Does that stop us from enjoying the beach, doing some island hopping, and building sand castles? Of course not! It’s summer and we’re definitely going out!

To make sure we get the best of the summer season and minimize the not-so-desirable events, we must keep in mind the principle of safety first.

Aside from the usual heat protection practices like keeping hydrated and wearing powerful sunscreen, we need to be reminded of the basic safety tips to prevent or minimize accidents.

Prioritizing this list from the Philippine Red Cross (redcross.org.ph) can be a matter of life and death.

10 road safety commitments (as we go on our road trips and travels)

1.) Use a seatbelt
2.) Wear a helmet on a motorcycle
3.) Drive at a fare speed and distance suitable for the condition
4.) Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
5.) Do not use a mobile phone when driving
6.) Be visible as a pedestrian or cyclist
7.) Know and respect the highway code
8.) Maintain vehicle in good condition
9.) Be licensed and trained for the vehicle you drive
10.) Know how to react in case of a car crash

(When swimming)

1.) Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards
2.) Always swim with a buddy, do not swim alone
3.) Young children must be constantly supervised by an adult
4.) Inexperienced swimmers and children should wear approved life vest
5.) Secure home pools with barriers
6.) If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death/disability
7.) Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
8.) 30 minutes before sun exposure, ensure to apply sunblock with at least SPF 15, preferably waterproof
9.) Wear sunglasses to protect eyes
10.) Apply lip balm to avoid dryness of lips
11.) Drink plenty of water (at least eight glasses) and avoid alcoholic beverages
12.) Secure first aid kit and other appropriate equipment
13.) Know how to swim. Enroll in Red Cross swimming courses.
14.) Enroll in Red Cross home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies
15.) Know local emergency numbers in case of emergency. (Red Cross Hotline 143 or 5270000. For Bacolod office, contact 434-9286)

The worst thing in being overly prepared is we might need to spend a little extra effort, money, and time. But it is better than losing life and limb when we take safety and security for granted.

So enjoy your summer and keep safe, everyone!

Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on May 03, 2017.

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