Dear parents and caregivers:
To help raise awareness about safe infant sleep during Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month in October, we’re inviting you to participate in a fun and friendly photo activity: the Charles County Department of Health Safe Sleep Snap.
Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles—anyone can participate by sharing a photo of a baby (up to 12 months of age) in a safe sleep environment on their social media accounts. Make sure you use the hashtag #CCSafeSleepSnap so everyone can see the adorable pictures of babies in safe sleep environments!
(Not sure what a safe sleep environment looks like? Check out this page for details.)
Here are the specifics:
- Post a photo of your baby, grandbaby, niece, or nephew in—or next to!—a safe sleep environment on your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter)
- Use the hashtag #CCSafeSleepSnap in the post. This is how we’ll know you participated!
- Give yourself kudos for taking part in the Charles County Department of Health’s Safe Sleep Snap and helping us to raise awareness about safe infant sleep!
Be creative! Practicing safe infant sleep can be fun. Creativity and humor are encouraged in the photos and captions, as long as the baby’s sleep environment is still safe and follows safe sleep recommendations. This album includes examples you can use as inspiration.
This is your opportunity to both show off your cutie and help other parents and caregivers to see that safe infant sleep can be fun.
We will also be posting #CCSafeSleepSnap photos on our accounts throughout October, so please like, share, and retweet with your friends and followers. We look forward to seeing your #CCSafeSleepSnap!
Click here to print #CCSafeSleepSnap flyer
Animals in Public Settings
Learn all about animals in public settings from the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians.
Do you know what to do if you are bitten by or exposed to an animal that may be rabid? You should:
o Contact Charles County Animal Control and the Department of Health.
o If it is a wild animal, try to trap the animal only if it is safe to do so. If the animal must be killed, try not to damage the head.
o If it is an owned animal, get the animal owner’s name, address, and telephone number.
o Get prompt medical attention.
o Consider treatment if a bat was present and exposure cannot be reasonably ruled out
(i.e. you were sleeping or an unattended child is in the room).
Animals can be great fun, but it’s important to know how to be safe when you’re with them. With a wild animal, being safe may mean staying far away so the animal doesn’t feel threatened and so you stay safe. The rule in the great outdoors is simple: Don’t touch or go near an animal. See further tips below to stay safe.