Famous marine life artist Wyland came by CHOC Children’s Hospital yesterday for a very special art lesson with our patients. He taught them how to draw a sea turtle, a shark, a Pacific bottle nose dolphin and an 0rca. In addition to being generous with his time and talent, he donated a ton of books, including 100 Whaling Walls. The kids are still talking about the visit!
School is almost out, and I know that kids love to hit the pool, lake or beach during their summer vacations. I urge all adults to follow the following water safety tips to ensure a safe and memorable summer:
- Never leave children alone in or near water, even a shallow wading pool. Children can drown in as little as one inch of water and it can happen in a matter of seconds. A child will lose consciousness two minutes after submersion, with irreversible brain damage occurring within four to six minutes.
- Assign a “water watcher” who knows how to swim and can provide supervision of children in the water.
- Place pool safety barriers, such as isolation fences, self-closing and self-latching locks, and pool covers, between your child and the pool.
- Never assume your child is “drown-proof,” even if the child has had swimming lessons.
- Place a phone, life-saving ring and shepherds hook at poolside.
- Remove toys in and around the pool when it’s not in use to avoid any temptation for your child.
- Drain waters from wading pools and water buckets when not being used.
- Flotation devices, such as water wings, are considered toys and are not a substitute for adult supervision.
- Water safety also includes sun safety. Make sure your children are wearing waterproof sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Protect feet from hot sand and sharp objects by having them wear water-safe shoes.
To learn more about water safety or to have a staff member from CHOC Children’s Community Education Department come to your group of parents and caregivers of children under the age of 5, please call 714-532-8887. This program is generously provided by the CA Kids Plate Program.
To my CHOC family – here’s wishing you a very happy hospital week. This is a perfect time for me to tell you how proud I am of everything CHOC has accomplished this year — the Silver Level CAPE Award, the affiliation with UC Irvine and our plans to build one of the most advanced children’s hospitals in the nation (just to name a few). Thank you for everything you do to advance pediatric healthcare.
It’s never too late to share good news, right?? I just heard that the CHOC Follies XII “The Princess and the Prius,” which hit the stage in April, raised more than a half million for CHOC Children’s. I want to thank all of the wonderful community and business leaders who volunteered their valuable time to this year’s production. It was hilarious, by the way. If you missed it this year, make sure you tune in to get the dates for next year’s performance. It’s sure to be just as entertaining, plus it supports the most worthy cause – our children!