Houston Mayor Pro Tem Adrian Garcia urges all students that are staying home to stay safe, and be cautious of daily activities. The Texas Children’s Hospital has reported a sharp increase in serious child-related injuries in the last week, following Hurricane Ike. Children should not play or gather near any type of downed power line, damaged structures or trees, as they may be unstable and result in serious injury or death.
Mayor Pro Tem Garcia also urges parents to be responsible, and remain vigilant while cleaning up debris or fixing damaged structures. Please especially remember to:
Avoid picking up dead animals, and stay away from stray animals to avoid disease exposure;
Do not allow children to play in standing water, as this may contain fecal matter and is a breeding area for mosquitoes;
Do not use generators or charcoal/ propane burning grills inside your home; and,
Pay special attention to swimming pools or deep areas of water, which may contain murky water and pose a serious drowning hazard for non-swimmers.
“I ask that parents take responsible measures to ensure their child’s safety. It is imperative that we do not become another statistic due to Hurricane Ike. Remember to use common sense, and help neighborhood children take part in safe, fun, and responsible actives. Remind your children that exploring the debris and fallen tress should not be made because of all the potential hidden dangers” stated Mayor Pro Tem Garcia.