As part of our ongoing commitment to keeping our community safe, we use this space to share safety tips and ideas with you.
As we enjoy all that Summer has to offer, we encourage you to stay safe by considering these Safety Tips for Summertime:
- Be on the lookout for heat related illnesses and ailments. Minimize your risk by drinking more than you think you need, wearing loose fitting and light clothing and avoiding the outdoors during hottest part of the day (generally 11:00am to 3:00pm) whenever possible. One of the most significant risks posed by the summer heat is heatstroke. According to the National Safety Council, someone experiencing heatstroke will have extremely hot skin and an altered mental state which can range anywhere from slight confusion to a coma or seizures. Ridding the body of excess heat is absolutely crucial for survival. Accordingly, one should call immediately for emergency medical help. If humidity is below 75%, spray the victim with water and fan them vigorously; if humidity is above 75%, apply ice to neck, armpits or groin. In this situation, do not give aspirin or acetaminophen and do not give the afflicted person anything to drink.
- Keep your pool safe for children. The American Association of Pediatrics recommends that a pool owner install a fence at least 4 feet high around all four sides of the pool. The fence should not have openings or protrusions that a young child could use to get over, under, or through. Also make sure any pool gates open out from the pool and self-close and self-latch at a height children cannot reach. Consider alarms on the gate to alert you when someone opens the gate. Surface wave or underwater alarms can serve as an additional layer of protection. For even more protection, install window guards on windows facing the pool. Keep all of your barriers and alarms in good repair with fresh batteries. Keep rescue equipment (a shepherd’s hook – a long pole with a hook on the end — and life preserver) and a portable telephone near the pool. Choose a shepherd’s hook and other rescue equipment made of fiberglass or other materials that do not conduct electricity. Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as “floaties.” They are not a substitute for approved life jackets and can give children and parents a false sense of security. Enjoy all that Summer has to offer and consider these tips to keep everyone safe for years to come!