Health Awareness Topic of the Month

May is the time to prepare for Summer Safety

Summer is just around the corner. BPOU wants to take this month to focus on Summer Safety to prepare you and your loved ones to have fun while also keeping safe. One way to keep safe is to learn about water safety and drowning prevention. Drowning consistently remains the leading cause of death for children 1-4 years of age. Young children are more at risk and can drown in any body of water, including a bucket, bathtub, sink, pool or spa. African-American children ages 5 to 19 drown in swimming pools at rates 5 times higher than Caucasian children in the same age range. Another way to keep safe this summer is through skin protection. It’s a common myth that those with black and brown skin do not need to apply sunscreen. It is vital to regularly apply sunscreen to protect from skin cancer, as the Black community actually has a higher rate than those who are non-Black.

Past Health Awareness Months