The school year is over and I hope all the students in the Tennessee Valley enjoy their summer break. It's a great time to get outdoors and take advantage of the warmer weather. But there are a few things to keep in mind so that your summer is a safe one. The American Academy of Pediatrics lists sunburn, heat stress and swimming pool accidents as three leading causes of summertime injuries. To prevent sunburn, avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, wear light clothing including a hat with a wide brim, and make sure to use plenty of sunscreen, reapplying often. To avoid heat stress, make sure children stay well hydrated and take frequent breaks when outdoors. When swimming, never leave a child unattended and if you have a pool, make sure it's fenced in on all sides by a fence at least four feet high. I've placed these and other summer safety tips in the My Take section of WAFF.com. It only takes a few moments for an accident to happen, but spending a few moments getting prepared can keep one from happening. I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?
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