Simple Rules To Exercise Picnic And Pool Safety

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Board of Bucks County Commissioners offers a few friendly reminders to maximize picnic and pool safety and fun.

One in every 10 Americans suffers an illness caused by food each year. In many cases, these illnesses are preventable through common sense measures.

"While the onset of warmer weather brings a joyous time to celebrate with family and friends, it also has very specific seasonal dangers," noted Charles H. Martin, chairman of the commissioners' board. "We urge everyone to be aware of these potential pitfalls, and educate those around them how to be safe at the picnic table and around the ocean, lake or swimming pool."

A simple rule for picnic safety is the cautionary food adage: "IF IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT!" Other tips include:

* Washing hands and work areas before preparing and serving food;

* Packing foods right from the refrigerator into coolers, which should always be carried inside an air-conditioned car, if possible;

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* Utilizing the two-hour rule. Do not leave perishable food un-refrigerated for more than two hours.

With regard to pool safety, children are one of the most vulnerable demographics. All pools should have a fence at least four-feet high with a self-closing latch at a height children cannot reach. Some other practical tips include:

* Never leaving children alone in or near the pool, even for the briefest instant;

* Keeping rescue equipment and portable phone near the pool;

* Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm's length to provide "touch supervision."

Commissioner Jim Cawley will be ushering in the unofficial start of summer at one of the county's two pools, Oxford Valley pool in Fairless Hills. With the splash of a cannonball, the Parks and Recreation Department will be in full swing for the summer season.

Source: Bucks County Health Department

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