The Cecil County Health Department has taken its Safe Kids Campaign on the road.
Community health nurse Tina Bell visited local libraries last week to inform kids and parents about the perils more prevalent in the summer.
Bell timed her visits to coincide with summer reading program activities.
She brought handouts especially designed for kids including crosswords and games as well as a flier for parents.
The campaign contains two major focal points, Bell said.
The first is water safety. She tells the kids to never swim alone.
"Swim with a buddy and with adult supervision or a lifeguard in place," she said. "If you do not know how to swim, wear a life jacket."
Bell reminds parents not to leave water in small pools, buckets, or bathtubs when not in use.
The other area of emphasis is preventing people from leaving children in hot vehicles.
Bell is advising people to ACT.
• Avoid heat stroke related injury and death by never leaving child alone in car. Always lock doors and trunk – even in your driveway. Keep keys out of the reach of kids.
• Create reminders. Place something you will need at your next stop – like a briefcase, purse, cell phone, or shoe next to child safety seat in the back seat. It can be a simple reminder on a chaotic day.
• Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, take action. Call 911. Emergency personnel are trained to respond to these situations.
Bell's two-week tour began last Wednesday in Cecilton.
This week, Bell will be at Safetyville at Thomson Estates Elementary on Wednesday and at Ray of Hope Mission Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. She also plans appearances at other libraries.
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