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This includes bathtubs, fishponds, ditches, fountains, watering cans – even the bucket you use when you wash the car. Children are drawn to things like these and need constant supervision to be sure they don’t fall in. Make sure you empty containers of water when you’re done using them. 2. Keep a watchful eye.

Children who are swimming – even in a shallow toddler’s pool – should always be watched by an adult, preferably one who knows CPR. Be within arm’s length, providing “touch supervision” whenever infants, toddlers or young children are in or around water. Empty and put away inflatable pools after each play session. 3. Enforce safety rules.

A life jacket fits properly if you can’t lift it over a child’s head after it’s been fastened. For children younger than 5, particularly non-swimmers, life jackets should have a flotation collar to keep the head upright and the face out of the water.


Backyard swimming pools (including large, inflatable above-ground pools) should be completely surrounded by a fence that keeps children out without adult supervision. Keep toys out of the pool area when not in use so children are not tempted to enter without supervision.

Sunscreens are assigned a sun protection factor (SPF) number that rates their effectiveness in blocking ultraviolet (UV) rays. Higher numbers indicate more protection. You should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15, even on cool or slightly cloudy days.

Broad-spectrum on a product’s label means the sunscreen filters out ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation exposure. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and are mostly responsible for premature aging and skin cancer. UVB rays affect the surface of the skin and cause sunburn.

You can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree or other shelter. Even when you are in shade, be sure to protect your skin by using sunscreen or wearing protective clothing. 4. Think about your outfit.

Long-sleeved shirts, long pants and skirts can protect you from UV rays. Tightly woven fabrics offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors protect more than lighter ones. Some clothing certified under international standards is specifically manufactured to provide UV protection.

For the most protection, wear a hat with a brim all the way around that shades your face, ears and the back of your neck. Tightly woven fabric, such as canvas, works best to protect your skin from UV rays. Avoid straw hats with holes that let sunlight through. A darker hat may offer more UV protection.

Boyd has a lifetime of volunteer experience under her belt, starting with serving in the PTA when her children were in school. As her youngest daughter started high school, Boyd looked around for more opportunities. Her neighbor, whose husband was a doctor, approached her about working in the hospital. Boyd jumped at the opportunity to help.

But Boyd can relate to the patients at the hospital. Her husband Mel received a liver transplant at UK in 2006. Until his passing nearly eight years later, he volunteered in the surgery waiting room where he escorted families to visit patients.

Boyd recalls an incident about a month ago when a man visited the gift shop. After speaking with him, they realized they knew each other. He received a liver transplant at the same time as Boyd’s husband. This chance encounter, Boyd believes, speaks volumes about the sense of community forged at UK.

“I can’t say enough about the doctors and nurses in the transplant department,” she said. “One lady from transplant came in this morning, and she still remembered me. Dr. (Roberto) Gedaly, who did my husband’s surgery, comes in often to give me a big hug.” ‘Can’t give back enough’

Daun Wickline, manager of the UK HealthCare hospital gift shops has known Boyd for more than 30 years and thinks of her as a second mother to her and her family. Boyd has often accompanied Wickline to Atlanta to purchase merchandise for the shops.

“She has always been willing to help with whatever we might need: working an extra shift, changing displays, training a new volunteer or just offering a listening ear,” Wickline said. “She has a great big heart and everyone that knows her loves her.”