Religious students 311.
(photo credit: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)
The three-week recess of yeshivot between Tisha Be’av and the beginning of the
month of Elul (bein hazmanim) has begun, exposing haredi and even national
religious young men – and their families – to dangers resulting from their
inexperience at camping out, climbing and even swimming. There are usually many
injuries and some deaths in this sector during this annual summer
Magen David Adom warned them on Wednesday to take special care
so their annual vacation would be safe. Since haredi yeshiva heads often
discourage their students from going to nature areas so as not to be tempted by
“immodest surroundings” often increases the danger because it leaves them unable
to deal with outdoor experiences that other Israelis take for
MDA urged the sector not to get close to wadis, unmarked trails
or other risky locations where they may be hurt. Hikes require taking sufficient
amounts of water with them (three liters per person) and should only be
attempted when the temperatures cool down in the late afternoon (but not at
They shouldn’t bathe in unmarked natural pools of water or on
beaches without a lifeguard.
Yeshiva students often try to swim in
unsupervised sites because they are alone and and not in contact with
Vacationers should not hike during the hottest hours of the day.
Babies and young children must have hats, water bottles and sunscreen to help
protect them from sunburn.
Babies and young children should never be left
alone in vehicles even when windows are left open, says MDA, as they heat up at
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A child left unsupervised can get heatstroke and be at risk
of death. Children must drink water regularly during travels in a vehicle as
they can become dehydrated even with the air conditioner on.
seat must be covered with cloth to prevent children’s skin from being burned
from contact with hot plastic or leather. Youngsters must also be shaded so they
don’t get sunburn from UV rays that filter through the windows.
allow children to go into a body of water – even a shallow stream – without an
adult’s supervision, but even adults with little experience can drown with a
Make sure that no child leaves the house or other location without
being accompanied by an adult. They must not cross streets alone or even play
outdoors near the home without an adult being close by.
MDA urged the
public to call its emergency number, 101, if anyone has been hurt or is in
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