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Keep safe during Spring Break: For success, think 4-S

By Florida Department of Health in Marion County

March 11, 2022

 

Ocala, Fla. — Spring Break has arrived in Marion County. Undoubtedly, many local families will travel or head outdoors for recreation.

The Department of Health in Marion County and Safe Kids Marion County encourage families to stay safe during this upcoming week. One way to do that is be mindful of the “Four S” method.

  • Supervision: Keeping a watchful eye is critical for child safety both inside and outside the home.

Pay extra attention around water. Unfortunately, Florida is one of the leading states for child drownings. Adults should also be alert around playgrounds and ensure equipment is not broken or hazardous. At home, store these items in a secure place: medicines, cleaning supplies, hygiene products and anything small enough to cause choking.

 

  • Sun protection: This one is really critical in Florida. Wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses when outdoors. And make sure you have water handy to stay hydrated. Remember: Planning for a sunny days help keep the burns away.

 

  • Safety garments: Two key places to think about. If your child is on wheels – bicycle, skateboard, inline skates and so on – ensure they wear a helmet and wear it correctly. Fall and accidents on wheeled toys are a major contributor to traumatic brain injuries. The other is on the water. If you’re boating, ensure your child wears a life jacket, and wears it properly.

 

  • Safe driving: This precaution could be summed up in one sentence: Keep your eyes on the road, your mind on driving, and your hands on the wheel. Additionally, parents should ensure all passengers are appropriately buckled up and reduce “multitasking” when behind the wheel. In other words, no distracted driving. That means avoiding the most common distractions: using your phone, eating, playing loud music, grooming, playing with your vehicles controls and rubbernecking.

 

Spring Break is an enjoyable time. But joy is enhanced when no one gets injured or ill. You can help that by remembering: For success, think 4-S.

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