H4: Head, Heart, Hands & Health

Screen shot 2014-04-25 at 10.39.18 AMWater, water everywhere!  In times of great amounts of rain, storms, and flooding, it is important to remind our youth (and adults) about water safety.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ready.gov and the American Red Cross all provide tips on staying safe in all types of water conditions.  Here are a few to remember as water levels are high and summer water activities are right around the corner:
•Avoid flooded streets or water running across a road.  Water is deceptive and is often deeper and stronger than it appears.  Flood water poses drowning risks for everyone, regardless of their ability to swim. Swiftly moving shallow water can be deadly, and even shallow standing water can be dangerous for small children.  Remember “Turn around, don’t drown!”
•Vehicles do not provide adequate protection from flood waters. They can be swept away or may stall in moving water.
•Roads may still be closed because they have been damaged or are covered by water. Barricades have been placed for your protection. If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road, go another way.
•Be cautious around natural bodies of water including ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards, can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.
•Always wear a lifejacket when enjoying a watercraft activity.
•Maintain active supervision within arm’s length of children around any type of water.  NEVER leave children unsupervised, even for a minute!
•Be alert and avoid contact with displaced animals, insects and reptiles due to flood waters or storms.
•Be cautious if you have to cross standing waters as flood waters may contain sharp objects, such as glass or metal fragments, that can cause injury and lead to infection.
•Do not drink water from standing puddles or flooded areas as these may be contaminated and contain infectious diseases and/or chemicals.
•Avoid downed power lines, especially near water.  The risk for electrical shock is even greater near water.
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