Rash of accidents prompts officials to urge water safety for kids
13 July 2012
By Jennifer Dean, on July 13, 2012, at 12:23 am
It's hot outside. Temperatures have risen high and early in the season this year, according to Riverside County Fire Department representatives. And although summertime means family vacations, pool time and other fun activities, it also means increased danger to those exposed to the heat and crowds.
Before jumping in, officials from Riverside County Fire Department offer advice on how to have fun in the sun while making sure the little ones stay safe in water.
Dehydration, drowning and near drowning, child-involved auto incidents, camp fire and barbeque burnings and other accidents occur with increased frequency during summer months. Officials advise caution when working or playing in the hot weather and vigilance for parents traveling with children.
"With all this heat, we are seeing a higher call volume with heat related injuries," said Captain Bret Cerini, Riverside County Fire. "The young and elderly are more susceptible than most, but anybody working outside needs to be careful. We've had to transfer a few of our own for dehydration."