Far Rockaway, NY, June 29, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- During the month of June, St. John's Episcopal Hospital observes National Safety Month and raises awareness about crucial water safety issues facing the community in the summertime. Through education, St. John's Episcopal Hospital aims to reduce the risk of of water related injuries, heat stroke and dehydration among the population in the hot New York summer weather.
The Rockaway beaches are a key destination during the summer, with expansive beaches, concession stands, and activities and events such as outdoor concerts and recreational games. In a concerted effort to raise awareness for safety, St. John's Episcopal Hospital offers a list of important rules to keep in mind to stay healthy at the beach.
Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.
Appoint a “designated watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings at or near pools.
Drink lots of cold water, clear juices and other liquids that don’t contain alcohol or caffeine as these two can easily dehydrate.
Always wear sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15.
Don’t assume a child who is drowning will make noise. Child drowning can be silent, with no splashing to alert anyone that the child is in trouble.
Beware of heat stroke. Signs of heat stroke include an altered mental state, not sweating and nausea. If someone displaying these symptoms, seek medical care immediately.
Install a poolside phone, preferably a cordless model, with emergency numbers programmed into speed-dial.
Don’t use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.
“Summer at the Rockaway beaches is a fun and exciting time and a big draw for our community. While we all want to just relax by the pool or beach, we must always be aware of basic water safety security measures. It’s so easy to forget about some of the dangers that come from the water," remarked Rick Brown, CEO of St. Johns Episcopal Hospital. “As part of our June Safety Month efforts, we stress these warnings to ensure an enjoyable and safe summer for all.”
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is a full service community hospital serving the Rockaway Peninsula and the Five Towns. It provides a wide range of services including general adult medical surgical services, pediatrics, obstetrics and psychiatric services. The Hospital’s overarching goal has been to combine accessible, medical excellence with the compassionate, caring environment expected from a faith-based community hospital.
The hospital is dedicated to providing post-graduate allopathic and osteopathic medical education as well as clinical pastoral education. It is committed to serving the medically underserved and providing care with ethnic, cultural and religious sensitivities.
For more information on St. Johns Episcopal Hospital, you may visit them at 327 Beach 19th Street, Far Rockaway, NY 11691, reach them by phone at (718) 869-7000, or visit their website at www.ehs.org.