Oswego Health Sponsors Harborfest Children’s Parade and Weekend EMT Supplies

Oswego Health will continue two of its long-standing Oswego Harborfest traditions.

The healthcare system will sponsor the Oswego Harborfest Children’s Parade on Friday, July 29, where its Sun Patrol will hand out small packets of sunscreen along the parade route.

Pre-parade activities begin at10 a.m.atWestPark, with the parade beginning at11 a.m.The parade route is alongWest Fifth StreettoBreitbeckPark. As the parade sponsor, Oswego Health invites children and their families to participate.

The Oswego Health has been at community events, such as Harborfest, for more than 20 years distributing sunscreen to families. This initiative was undertaken afterOswegoHospitalemergency department employees noted that many young children were seeking treatment for severe sunburn during Harborfest.

Oswego Health staff members encourage residents to be mindful to frequently apply sunscreen especially during the peak sun hours of10 a.m.and4 p.m.Sunscreen should also be reapplied after swimming. TheAmericanAcademyof Dermatology recommends both adults and children use a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30. Babies under six months of age shouldn’t get any direct sunlight, according to theAmericanAcademyof Pediatrics.

The Oswego Health system will also provide the necessary medical supplies used throughout the weekend by the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). Local EMTs will have one mobile and five stationary first aid locations during the weekend. First aid comfort stations will be located atBreitbeckPark,WestPark, in theOswegoCountyCommandCentertrailer located just outside theMcCrobieBuilding, and at both River Walk Park West and East. The group will also have use of a mobile unit. Each year the EMTs treat between 30 and 70 individuals for a variety of illnesses and in juries.

“Oswego Health’s sponsorship of our medical supplies helps ensure a safe environment throughout the four days of Harborfest,” said Chris Strupp, Harborfest’s EMT coordinator, who is also anOswegoCityfirefighter/paramedic.

The Oswego Health care system includes theOswegoHospital, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a skilled nursing facility; Springside at Seneca Hill, a retirement living community; as well as numerous services acrossOswegoCounty. For more information, call (315) 349-5500 or visit oswegohealth.org.