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Summer Party Safety

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Summer parties bring special concerns for keeping your children safe.
Air Date: 5/25/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Deborah Mulligan, MD
deborah Mulligan Dr. Deborah Mulligan received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of San Francisco, Medical Doctorate from the University of California Los Angeles and completed pediatric emergency medicine training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

As Director of the Institute for Child Health Policy and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Nova Southeastern University, she reports directly to the Chancellor. The Institute is a resource for communities, policy makers, public and private agencies, professional organizations, foundations, and academic institutions.

To be an optimal reserve, the ICHP at NSU conducts professional training and education, demonstration projects, engages in translational community-based participatory quantitative and qualitative research, developing evidence-based public policy, participating in and serving as a venue to nurture community-based advocacy and research.www.nova.edu/ichp.

The work emanating from ICHP has been recognized through coveted federal agency awards such as the SAMHSA Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach (ECCO) Gold award. Board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, past experience as physician executive includes role of Pediatric Services Medical Director for nation's fourth largest safety net hospital system serving a county of 1.6 million residents.
Summer Party Safety
With summer almost upon us, it’s time for outdoor parties. There are special safety concerns to keep in mind with outdoor dining and activities.

Firepits and grills are dangerous. You must practice good fire safety habits. Supervise children around any open flame. Keep games and activities away from the fire. Cover fires to avoid spark burns.

Keep the food fresh so no one gets food poisoning. Cold foods need to stay cold, so keep ice on hand to chill food. Hot food should be in insulated containers to keep it hot. Refrigerate perishables as soon as possible if you are able.

Be sure kids are old enough to use a trampoline. Put the safety net around the perimeter. Watch your children in bounce houses.

Be cautious of summer pests. Get some bug repellant and a first aid kit. Apply sunscreen, and apply it often.

Heat stroke is a risk. Stay hydrated. Adults should be cautious of alcohol consumption and drink plenty of water. Get an app to contact a driver if you are too tipsy.

Dr. Deborah Mulligan joins host Melanie Cole, MS, to share how to keep your children safe at summer parties.
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