Local agencies teach kids summer safety tips

A young boy holds his new kick board after learning summer safety tips from CHI Health St. Francis nurses.

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - With the sun out it is time to hit the pool, but before the kids do a cannonball some local agencies in Grand Island are stressing safety steps.

On average, there are 10 water related deaths every day across the country. About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger.

“You know we are giving away kick boards and pool noodles on how to help if someone has fallen in the water, how to help them to safety, and just how to be more conscious about being in the water,” St. Francis Foundation Director Melissa Griffith said.

Officials from CHI Health St. Francis partnered up with Island Oasis to teach kids about how to help someone if they fall into the pool, when to put on sunscreen, and how to stop their cuts from bleeding.

One official says kids getting sunburned can have long term effects.

“Before the early hours, we want people to put sunscreen on their kids' ears, their face,” Outreach Coordinator Jenny Rouch said. “If their children have no hair put it on top of their heads. Just really get them because we know now the science is out there when kids burn at an early age we do see the effects of sun damage and some cancers from the damage of sun.”

Kids also got a chance to meet nurses from the emergency room to help get them more comfortable with doctor visits. They helped their teddy bears go through a routine check up so they can see how it is all done.