Summertime Health & Safety in Trophy Club

Posted by April Reiling on Jun 13, 2013
Tags: Community, Parks, Public Health, Public Safety, Recreation, Town News, Trophy Club Park, Water

School is out for the summer and kids in Trophy Club have already begun enjoying their freedom from the school bell. While activities around town can be fun, it is important to keep in mind some health and safety information to aid parents and help protect children during the summer months.  

Water Safety for Children

Child safety around swimming pools is a serious matter. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among infants, toddlers, and young children. It takes only a few minutes for a child to drown, and it is a misconception that a child will make a lot of noise when struggling in the water. The opposite is often true—the child may slip silently under water. Here are some water safety tips for parents and children.

  • Maintain constant supervision - Watch children around any water environment, no matter what skills your child has acquired and no matter how shallow the water.
  • Don't rely on flotation devices - The use of flotation devices and inflatable toys cannot replace parental supervision. Such devices can suddenly shift position, lose air, or slip out from underneath, leaving the child in a dangerous situation.
  • Enroll children in a water safety course or Learn-to-Swim classes - Your decision to provide your child with an early aquatic experience is a gift that will have infinite rewards. These courses encourage safe practices. The Town offers swim lesson opportunities each summer.
  • Parents should take a CPR course - Knowing these skills can be important around the water and you will expand your capabilities in providing care for your child. The Fire Department offers CPR classes throughout the year.

Below are some helpful resources with more tips:


Sun Safety Tips

 

Preventing sunburn is important for everyone, especially children, during the hot summer months. Research suggests that most skin damage occurs before the age of 18. The hours between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daylight savings time (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. standard time) are the most hazardous for UV exposure in the continental United States.

Recommended tips to enjoy the outdoors this summer:

  • Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or greater - Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before sun exposure and then reapply every two hours while outdoors.
  • Select cosmetic products and contact lenses that offer UV protection - Make sure your existing cosmetic products and contact lenses offer a SPF of 15 or greater.
  • Wear sunglasses with total UV protection - Some sunglasses only offer partial UV protection. Make sure your sunglasses offer 100% UV protection.
  • Wear wide-brimmed hats, long sleeved shirts, and pants - Cover as much of your skin as possible without making yourself too hot to reduce sun exposure.
  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.

Below are some helpful resources with more tips:


Never Leave a Child OR Pet Alone in a Vehicle

Children left in vehicles are not only unsupervised, but also at risk for heat stroke.It takes only 10 minutes for the interior temperature of the vehicle to rise 20 degrees and a child’s body can heat up to three times faster than an adult’s. More than half of reported heat stroke deaths occurred when a distracted adult forgets that a child is in the car.

There are four simple things that parents and caregivers can do to minimize risk and prevent injury:

  • Never leave a child or pet alone in a vehicle.
  • Make it a habit to look in the backseat every time you exit the vehicle.
  • Always lock the vehicle and put the keys out of reach of children.
  • If you ever see a child left alone in a vehicle, call 911 right away.

Below are some helpful resources with more tips:


Mosquito Safety Tips

West Nile Virus is a concern throughout North Texas, but the good news is that so far this year there have been no reported human cases of West Nile Virus in Denton or Tarrant Counties. However, the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department recently reported concern regarding the high number of mosquitoes being trapped. Prevention is key, and the Four D’s will help protect against West Nile Virus:

  • Drain standing water around your home to reduce mosquito hatching grounds.
  • Dress in pants and long sleeves when outside in mosquito-infested areas, but avoid becoming too hot.
  • Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) to exposed skin and to clothing when outdoors.
  • Stay indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear earth tones, khaki, or neutral clothing while outdoors - Studies show that mosquitoes are more attracted to bright clothing.

Below are some helpful resources with more tips:


Reporting Illegal Behavior

Crimes such as criminal mischief, vandalism and vehicle burglaries generally spike during summertime and the Town relies on residents to report illegal behavior. If you witness illegal behavior taking place, please call:

Trophy Club Police Department
Emergency Telephone Number - Dial 911
Non-Emergency Telephone Number - 972-434-5500


Fireworks Ban

Not only is it illegal to set off fireworks in the Town of Trophy Club, but also dangerous – even sparklers are not allowed under the Code of Ordinances. Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured throughout the United States using fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.

The Town sponsors an annual July 4th Fireworks show at the Independence Day Celebration event at Independence Park. Fireworks begin at dark.


Burn Ban & Fire Safety

According to the National Weather Service DFW office, drought conditions are expected to persist or worsen this summer across North and Central Texas. Drought conditions and hot temperatures raise the potential for fires and residents should be especially attuned to proper fire safety. The Trophy Club Fire Marshal does not allow open burns (brush, trash or debris) in town; however, residents can use recreational fires, such as outdoor fireplaces, chimineas and charcoal grills.

 

If you see or smell smoke or a fire, immediately call 911.