Risks of playing outdoors

Physical Risks

Sings:

  • Plays less than usual

  • Headache

  • Urinates less frequently (for infants, fewer than six wet diapers per day)

  • Parched, dry mouth

  • Fewer tears when crying

  • Sunken soft spot of the head in an infant or toddler

  • Cool, discolored hands and feet

  • Urinates only one to two times per day

What to do:

  • Give extra fluids in frequent, small sips

  • Put a wet towel on the neck and head

  • Give an oral rehydration solution such as electrolyte, if possible. It replaces salt, sugar, potassium, and other nutrients.

 

DIY ELECTROLYTE DRINK

  • ¼ tsp finely ground pink Himalayan salt

  • ¼ cup real fruit juice (citrus, berry, or pomegranate) or 1 lime.

  • 1 cup unsweetened pure coconut water

  • 1 tsp of Raw Honey 

  • 1 pint of cold spring water

Dehydration
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 Symptoms:

  • increased thirst

  • weakness

  • dizziness or fainting

  • nausea and/or vomiting

  • irritability

  • headache

  • increase sweating

  • cool, clammy skin

  • a raised body temperature, but less than 104°F (40°C)

What to Do:

  • Bring your child to a cooler place indoors, an air-conditioned car, or shady area.

  • Remove your child's excess clothing.

  • Encourage your child to drink water or cool fluids containing salt and sugar, such as sports drinks.

  • Put a cool, wet cloth or cool water on your child's skin.

Headstroke

Poison ivy produces an oil called urushiol that causes a rash in about 85 percent of people who come in contact with it. The oil stick to almost anything: your clothes and shoes, camping and gardening equipment, even your pets’ or horses’ coats.

What to do:

  • Rinsing your skin with lukewarm, soapy water or rubbing alcohol within about an hour of touching poison ivy can remove the urushiol and help you avoid a rash — or at least make it less severe.

  • Rubbing alcohol can remove the urushiol oil from the skin, helping to minimize discomfort.

  • Make a paste with 3 parts of baking soda with 1 part of water to apply on the affected area. Adding a cup of baking soda to the tub for relief from poison ivy rash.

  • Rinse de area with water and soap and the apply POISON IVY CREAM (GREEN GO)

  • Insects bites or stings

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Insect bites & Stings

Most insect bites will improve within a few hours or days and can be treated at home.

 

What to do:

  • Remove the sting, tick or hairs if still in the skin with a credit card or nippers

  • Wash the affected area with soap and water. 

  • Apply a cold compress (such as a flannel or cloth cooled with cold water) or an ice pack to any swelling for at least 10 minutes.

  • You may apply Aloe Vera

When to get emergency help:

Dial 999 for an ambulance immediately if you or someone else has symptoms of a severe reaction, such as:

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Toxic Caterpillar Hair

If a caterpillar of the oak processionary moth gets on your skin:

  • Use a stick, tweezers or a pen to remove it. 

  • Try not to disturb it (for example, by brushing it with your hands) as it will then release more hairs. 

  • Rinse your skin with running water, allow it to air dry and then use sticky tape to strip off any leftover hairs. 

Minor Wounds & Scraps

Minor wounds or  scraps

  • Wash your hands. This helps avoid infection.

  • Stop the bleeding. Pressing firmly with a gauze  

  • Clean the wound with water and soap, then rinse.

  • Apply an antibiotic or petroleum jelly.

  • Cover the wound. Apply a bandage, rolled gauze or gauze held in with paper tape 

  • You may apply Aloe Vera.

Minor burns

  • Immediately immerse the burn in cool tap water or apply cold, wet compresses. Do this for about 10 minutes or until the pain subsides.

  • Do not apply ointments, toothpaste or butter to the burn, as these may cause an infection. Do not apply topical antibiotics.

  • Cover the burn with a nonstick, sterile bandage. If blisters form, let them heal on their own while keeping the area covered. Do not pop the blisters.

  • You apply Aloe Vera.

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Environmental Risks

Under a storm circumstances, check the WeatherBug app (download it if you don’t have it) prior the class and during the class to map the distance of the lightening.

  • When “thunder roars, go indoors”, if lightening is close to a 2 miles radio, look for a shelter where to concentrate with kids and families.

  • You don’t have your phone with you! then remember 30-30 rule: after you see lightning, start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, go indoors.

  • Never shelter under an isolated tree.

  • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity

  • Do NOT lie on concrete floors during a thunderstorm. Also, avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.

Lightening
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Falling branches.

  • Part of the daily routine is asses hazards on the route or places you are having a class, especially hurricane season.  

  • Give a quickly check to the trees, if you are planning to be under them, to notice possible broken branches about to fall.

  • Let to know to the rangers, to take action of the broken or fallen branch.

 

Hurricane.

  • MNP works aligned to Miami Dade School Calendar, under hurricane condition if they cancel classes, we do, and resume when they do so.

  • Since we are working in public spaces, also before to resume classes, we have to check with the authorities/owners/rangers when will be open for us to go to make a quickly check routes and spaces.

  • We will be in charge to go to check spaces and give an update to the directors to decide when is safely to host kids and families again.

Wind - Hurricane & Falling Branches

To gather the kids or families close together in case of an emergency, like: lost child, animal threat, injury, lightening, etc, we are going to give a calm but firm call of “RED LANTERN” and go to designed place. 

To train them, we are going to talk with kids and families about the plan that we all have to follow. Please, reflect a calm and confident mood 

  • Firstly, explain that the key word “RED LANTERN” can be used only by mentors/facilitators.

  • When they hear the word is time to stop everything and listen the mentors/facilitators and get together.

  • Mentors/facilitator has to count the number of attendants to make sure everybody is present.

  • Mentor/facilitator leads the group to the selected place.

  • For FK, a mentor is going to remain in charge of the group, in the meanwhile, other to settle the emergency. 

  • For P&Ch, one of the moms will be holding the group while the facilitator settles the emergency.

  • Depending on the situation, after the emergency, the group might go back to the regular schedule.

  • Fill up the incident report and communicate immediately to your supervisor and director.

Alert Calls
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