June 7, 2023 (RENO, Nev.) – Summer temperatures are approaching and many families will be looking forward to fun in the sun and cooling off in the water. As the exclusive ground emergency medical services (EMS) provider for Washoe County, Nevada, REMSA Health wants to ensure everyone safely enjoys family activities in area pools, lakes and rivers and knows how to prevent heat-related illness.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is a leading cause of death for children. Additionally, a child’s body temperatures rise three to five times faster than an adult’s, making them more at risk for heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33 children died of heatstroke after being left in cars in the U.S. in 2022.
REMSA Health offers child safety tips to help families be prepared to enjoy summer safely:
Prevent heat-related illnesses:
Never leave children in the car – practice the “Look before you lock” habit:
Practice water safety:
Find more summer safety tips and information at REMSAHealth.com/summer-safety/.
Photo cutline: REMSA Health paramedics perform CPR on a pediatric manikin during a mock drowning scenario to demonstrate the importance of water safety for families and community members.
Media note: Audio of a mock 9-1-1 pediatric drowning call is available for download.
About REMSA Health and Care Flight
REMSA Health is a private, non-profit community organization which provides a full range of innovative healthcare services outside of the hospital setting. We are funded only by user fees, with no local tax subsidies. REMSA Health provides Washoe County’s 420,000+ residents with 24/7 ambulance services. Care Flight, a service of REMSA Health, provides critical care transport services via ground and air ambulance across the western United States. REMSA Health includes an internationally accredited Regional Emergency Communications Center, a Nevada-licensed Center for Integrated Health and Community Education, an accredited Nurse Health Line, and special operations and special events teams. REMSA Health: Care. Community. Innovation. For more information, visit www.remsahealth.com.