BreeAnn Silcox, Bear River Health Department
Summer brings the opportunity to attend many parades throughout Cache Valley. Most towns in the Valley hold at least one parade during the summer. Safe Kids Bear River wants to remind families that while parades are fun family events, some precautions need to be considered to keep your little ones safe:
- If participating on a float, vehicle, trailer, etc., consider not throwing candy. Instead, have people walk alongside handing out candy. Unfortunately, there have been instances where children have been run over by parade floats. This can help eliminate that risk.
- If watching the parade, teach your children not to run into the street for candy. Dress your children in bright colors to help them be more noticeable to drivers.
- Don’t forget the sunscreen and water. Remind children to drink fluids regularly throughout the event to prevent dehydration and other forms of heat illness.
- Parades can be loud with fire engines, bands, and lots of people around. Ear plugs might be a good option for young children or children who have special needs.
- If you are driving to the parade, remember to buckle up and use child safety seats. Do this every time you are in the vehicle.
- Remember to have fun!
For more information, call the Bear River Health Department at (435) 792-6512.