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OUTDOOR SPORTS SAFETY TIPS

Safety Message from Fire Chief Molina, City of Irving Fire Department

As the weather gets nicer, children begin to play outdoor sports.

*Each year, more than 30 million children participate in sports in the United States and more than 3.5 million children ages 14 and under are treated for sports injuries.*

Please keep these safety tips in mind to keep children safe when playing a sport or participating in any type of physical activity outdoors:

  •  Make sure children always wear appropriate protective gear for the activity.
  • Make sure responsible adults know and enforce the safety rules of the sport, are present to provide supervision, and are trained in first aid and CPR.
  • Have children wear SPF 15 or higher sunscreen.
  • Make sure children STAY HYDRATED – Children can easily become dehydrated while playing a sport or participating in any type of physical activity. Dehydration can make a child more susceptible to a heat-related illness, such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke.

Please be aware of the signs of dehydration:

  • Thirst
  • Dry or sticky mouth
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramping
  • Irritability
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Decreased performance

To view this or previous IFD Safety Topics go to: www.cityofirving.org/fire/fire-safety.asp

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