The City of Greenbelt wants you to have a safe and happy summer. Take some time to browse though the categories below and see how you can avoid some of the more common dangers of summer fun.
A comprehensive Spring and Summer Outdoor Safety Guide is posted at the CDC Site. Check it out! It is very informational and helpful.
Ticks and other Creepy Things
The Center for Disease Control has posted a large variety of information on how to protect yourself against ticks and the symptoms of tickborne illness. Please visit their site for information as the Deer Tick and the Lone Star Tick is now prevalent in our area. Both can make you quite sick so it is important that you and your children take steps to avoid being bitten. The site is posted at http://www.cdc.gov/ticks. Information on avoiding ticks from the CDC is as follows:
Preventing Tick Bites
While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active.
Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks
- Avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
- Walk in the center of trails.
Repel Ticks with DEET or Permethrin
- Use repellents that contain 20 to 30% DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) on exposed skin and clothing for protection that lasts up to several hours. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes, and mouth.
- Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5% permethrin. It remains protective through several washings. Pre-treated clothing is available and may be protective longer.
- Other repellents registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may be found at the EPA website.
Find and Remove Ticks from Your Body
- Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
- Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair.
- Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs.
Swimming is fun and refreshing, but there are many things you can do to make sure that your family is safe while enjoying the water. Here are some tools for you and your children to help keep you safe in the water.
- Cool Pool Tips for Kids
- Printable Water Safety Coloring Book
- Secondary Drowning: This is a topic that many parents do not know about, but could happen if your child has had an incidence where they nearly drowned but you thought they were okay. Please read this to inform yourself about this, it could save your child's life.
- Water Safety from the American Red Cross.
Heat and Air Quality Safety
Excessive heat can cause deaths if precautions are not taken. Learn about Air Quality and what the warnings mean.
- About Heat Warnings
- Air Quality Index and Your Health
- Heat Stroke Information
- Sunburn and Sun Poisoning
- Fire Safety