Making Sure Your Holiday Weekend Is Both Fun And Safe

July 1, 2011

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children-celebrating-4th-of-julyIt's a red, white and blue themed weekend and I'm sure many of you are gearing up for a festive Fourth of July. But whether you're planning a family barbecue, heading to see a fireworks show or taking a dip in the pool, I want to remind parents to take extra safety precautions this weekend. Although fireworks and sparklers are typically synonymous with Independence Day, remember that this year all firecrackers are banned throughout Houston and many of the neighboring suburbs because of the current dry conditions. In addition, fireworks are dangerous and should not be handled in areas where children are present.

With temperatures forecasted in the upper 90s this weekend, remember to keep your children hydrated with plenty of water and make sure they are wearing a minimum SPF 30 sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB sunrays. Also please pay close attention to your children when they're in the swimming pool. A child can drown withing a matter of seconds in as a little as two inches of water. Each child in the pool should be supervised constantly by at least one adult. Consider taking your child to a pool that has a lifeguard on duty at all times, but if you're swimming at home, be sure that someone in the vicinity knows how to perform CPR.

Of course, even after taking all the appropriate precautions, accidents and emergencies can still occur so it's important to know where the closest pediatric emergency center is located. You may be closer to Texas Children's Main Campus emergency center (6621 Fannin) or Texas Children's West Campus emergency center (18200 Katy Freeway). Both of our emergency centers are open 24 hours a day and are staffed by board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physicians specially trained to treat children. Since we tend to see a spike in emergency room patients over holiday weekends, it's important to have your child's medical records and insurance information handy to ensure as smooth a visit as possible to the emergency center.

Above all, we wish everyone a fun, enjoyable and safe Fourth of July weekend.

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