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Herald Journal Publishing, Inc. PO Box 129 Winsted, MN 55395 PRESORT STANDARD ECRWSS U. S. POSTAGE PAID Herald Journal Publishing Inc. Postal Customer Family Time July 11, 2016 Timely information for today’s busy local families Family Time – pg. 1-2-9-10 Classifieds – pg. 3-7 Going Out – pg. 7-8 Long-Term Care Close to Home! PERSONALIZED SENIOR LIVING We are here to help with this difficult decision. Before you call a nursing home, see what Cedar Crest can offer at a lower price! � We provide ALL Levels of Care! • All Private Rooms with suites available • Memory Care Unit at no extra cost • Medicaid Residents Welcome • Personalized 24 Hour Care • 33 Services and Amenities INCLUDED in our LOW Base Rate! While attending events with several attractions and crowds, children can sometimes get separated from their parents. If this should happen, the children and parents should seek help from law enforcement to help ensure a quick reunion. 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Leaving kids in the car While it may be tempting to have the kids stay in the car while making a quick run into a store, Johnson warns that anytime a child is left unattended, the risk for something bad to happen immediately increases. In the case of having kids remain in the car, it does not take long for the vehicle to get hot, and it only takes about five minutes for a child to suffer from a heat stroke, even when temperatures outside are in the mild 70s. In addition, a vehicle unattended by an adult is more likely to be approached by someone looking to steal the vehicle, or even a child. “There is no safe amount of time to leave children alone in a car,” added Miller. Because of this, Johnson always recommends parents bring their children in the store with them, no matter how brief the trip is believed to take. This way, the parents always know where the children are at – with them. Teaching pedestrian safety Even though drivers are expected to keep an eye out for unexpected pedestrians, the reliability of this has been dwindling. “We have seen a rise in driver inattentiveness,” stated Johnson, attributing this to the various modes of technology drivers have (and keep) at their fi ngertips. Rather than looking at the road, they seem to be spending more time focused on their screens. As a result, Johnson strongly encourages parents to use trail systems and sidewalks with their children, and to always let oncoming traffic go fi rst. “Even though pedestrians have the right-of-way, never assume [the drivers] see you, or are going to see you,” he said. “Give responsibility to the child, not to the people who are [hopefully] going to see them.” Miller also encourages parents to make sure children wear helmets when biking, roller blading, or skateboarding. “Head injuries can have devastating results,” Miller stated. “And unfortunately, when you fall and crash on a bike or get hit by a car on a bike, your head is what is going to hit the ground.” “Anytime a child is doing an activity where they may crash and hit their heads, they should be taught to wear a helmet,” she added. Encouraging hydration When watching children at play, it usually does not take long to see them running around, and going hard at it. While this is happening, a child can go from being fi ne to suffering from heat exhaustion in a matter of moments; even if it is 75 degrees outside. Because children usually do not recognize or acknowledge the importance of hydration, Johnson says it is the parents responsibility to remind, and call them in for a break and a drink. “Don’t wait until your child is thirsty to get them a drink,” said Miller. “At that time, they are already dehydrated.” While water is the best choice for helping children (and adults) rehydrate fast, Johnson says it is especially important to make sure the children intake a decent amount of liquids; not just a few sips. Miller further recommends offering healthy drinks with each meal and snack, and to also offer extra liquids during the fi rst meal of the day, or before bed. Keeping them afloat As the warmer weather invites families to lakes, pools, and water parks, practicing water safety can literally be the difference between life and death. “It can happen so quickly,” Johnson commented, but with the right approach, the water can be enjoyable for the whole family. One of the fi rst safety measures Johnson recommends is having the children wear life jackets, even if they do not want to, since they are designed to keep wearers above the surface. He also strongly encourages parents to stay in close proximity of where their child is swimming, and to not let them wander into deep water. 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