Some summer safety tips

Some summer safety tips

School is out, and summer is officially in high gear. It is time to drop the controllers and turn off the TVs, which means fun in the sun. With all the summer activities, we must not forget safety, especially for children. Injuries and accidents are more prevalent in the summer months, which is especially true for children. According to the CDC, injuries are the leading cause of death among children ages 19 and younger. With more opportunities for swimming, biking, hiking and playing, children are at an increased risk for injuries. Here are some tips that I believe are important for staying safe this summer:

Always supervise children when swimming and never leave them unattended.

Reapply sunscreen frequently when swimming and sweating, and use a minimum of SPF 15.

Always wear a helmet when biking and use bike paths and parks when able.

When in a boat children should always wear a life jacket to prevent drowning and injury.

Keep well hydrated when out in the sun; feeling thirsty means that you are already showing signs of dehydration.

Children ages 4 and younger should wear a hat while out in the sun. These children are at greater risk of heat related illness.

Each year according to the CDC, emergency rooms in the United States treat over 200,000 children for playground-related injuries. Always supervise children when playing outdoors, and keep a first -aid kit handy.

These are just some tips to stay safe and healthy this summer season. So slather on the sunscreen , grab that glass of ice water and seize the sunshine.

Maggie Conway, Poland

Consortium has radical agenda

Here’s a new one for those of us living in Northeast Ohio. Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium Initiative is here. Welcome to Agenda 21. In an age of sequestration being used to cut vital services while we arm our enemies, disarm our citizens, cut air-traffic controllers and other such services, you will be happy to learn your tax dollars are once again hard at work.

We have more bloated government, more red tape and regulations being formed. About $4.3 million, I believe it said, was given to this organization by the taxpayers to do some of the same thing a thousand other agencies already do and to lobby government for Progressive policy changes that further chain the citizens. It’s another agency that doesn’t have to listen or do anything the people want and could do themselves in cases of things they do want. Call your representatives and senators, and tell them no more wasted money for worthless agencies that take away our liberty.

This group will be pushing for good things like building low-income apartment complexes in every neighborhood, so everyone can share the enjoyment of crime. They will be pushing for more handouts and EPA regulations to stifle our coal, gas and oil industry, which will hurt, not help these industries.

On their website they label the Mahoning River as having water too toxic for a human to touch. Strangely enough the new guidelines in the fishing and hunting regulation book, after years of cleanup without the help of this agency, say you can eat fish out of the Mahoning because cleanup has gone well in the river from a polluted past.

Strange you can eat the fish but not touch the water. This will be another good old boy club where politicians’ buddies will get a paycheck from tax payers to do nothing but take away more of your Liberty, and push a radical, anti-Constitution, agenda. I urge you not to do nothing on this one, the money is flowing to this and needs to be stopped now.

Eddie Stewart, Newton Falls