Summer Safety Tips from Rebekka Levis

May 30, 2018

BCHP Pediatrician Dr. Rebekka Levis was interviewed on the subject of Water and Sun Safety Tips for the Memorial Day Weekend


Summer Safety Tips as shown on FIOS1-Hudson Valley



Newsreporter #1: Summer weather is almost here, and that means beaches and barbecues. But it's also important to remember how to protect yourself from the sun. FIOS 1's Diane Caruso has a few tips.

Newsreporter #2: Sunshine tends to bring people together for barbecues and pool and beach parties. But to avoid any tragic accidents, it's important to always practice safety on land or in the water  when you're out having fun. 

Dr. Rebekka Levis: We see drownings. We see sunburns. 

Newreporter #2: Pediatrician Rebekka Levis with Boston Children's Health Physicians in Westchester wants you and your family to be safe, especially around big holiday weekends. That's why she's giving you these tips to keep in mind.

Dr. Rebekka Levis: Supervision is the most important thing that will help prevent your kids from drowning. 

Newsreporter #2: Even in the water, the swimmies you see kids wear Levis says gives parents a false sense of security; always watch them. And a few other tips to remember like never let anyone swim alone. Jump feet first into unknown waters, and listen to lifeguards. 

Dr. Rebekka Levis: And it's really important to reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating out in the hot sun.

Newsreporter #2: Wear and reapply sunscreen is the number one tip, one you've heard before. Also make sure children under the age of six months old have no sun exposure. Wear protective clothing like shirts, hats, and glasses, and monitor your children's skin. According to Levis, there's actually a time during the day when you shouldn't be outside at all.

Dr. Rebekka Levis: Being out in the direct sunlight between the hours of 10am and 4pm.

Newsreporter #2: She adds that you shouldn't be outside long those first few sunny days - let your skin get adjusted. And don't forget your sunglasses to block those harmful UV rays. In Hawthorne, Diane Caruso, FIOS 1 News. 


Summer Safety shown on WCBS CBS 2 News



Newsreporter #1: Right now at 5:30. With the start of the summer beach season often comes the danger in the water. Like this rescue of four teens from the waters of a Long Island beach, that we told you about earlier in this broadcast. Good evening, I'm Christine Johnson.
Newsreporter #2: And welcome back, I'm Maurice DuBois. From the rivers and lakes to the sound and the shores, many of us will spend at least part of the holiday weekend on the water.

Newsreporter #1: But it also is a time of year when many find danger at the beach or the pool. Experts say have fun but stay smart. CBS 2's Tony Aiello has more.

Newsreporter #3: Our part of the world blessed with easy access to water, from the Atlantic Ocean to backyard pools. 

Dr. Rebekka Levis: (to child) Do you want to look at my pink stethoscope?

Newsreporter #3: One reason Westchester pediatrician Rebekka Levis talks water safety with her little patients and their parents.

Dr. Rebekka Levis: Top of my list is that supervision is key to preventing drowning so parents should really not rely on solely the lifeguard, but should also be supervising their children at the pool.

Newsreporter #3: She urges parents to only use Coast Guard-approved life vests, rather than simple inflatable swim-aids. 

Dr. Rebekka Levis: Swimmies and floaties can provide a false sense of security and they do not take the place of appropriate supervision in the pool.

Danielle Gammarati, Parent: Some pools don't allow them because of that, and they feel like parents will then wander, thinking that their child is safe with the swimmies on. 

Newsreporter #3: Friday's rescue of young teens in the water off Long Beach is a reminder - many older kids don't swim well. And with the adolescent brain wired to take chances, a water safety reminder is a good way to start the summer. As are swim lessons for older kids who didn't have the opportunity earlier in life. On Atlantic coast beaches,  rip currents are always a risk. So listen to lifeguards, don't take chances, and don't fight the rip current if you are caught in one. 

Dr. Rebekka Levis: You should teach children to swim parallel to the shore until they get out of the rip current, and then towards the shore. And don't panic, that is key.

Newsreporter #3: Water safety should never take a holiday. In New Rochelle, Tony Aiello, CBS 2 News. 

Newsreporter #1: And statistics show that accidental drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 - 14.