Stay safe this summer with these tips
Temperatures are rising and the days are getting longer. Summer is on its way. Here are some tips to keep you safe this summer.
With schools out for summer break, kids are everywhere. Children are involved in more injuries during the summer months because they are supervised less, have more free time and are involved in more outdoor activities. Watch out for children, especially when driving in neighborhoods. Make sure children always wear a helmet when biking, skateboarding, roller skating or riding a scooter. And teach them to stop, listen and look both ways before crossing the street.
Keep an eye on children around water. Kids can drown in seconds and in silence. Never leave young children unattended near a pool or other body of water. Constant adult supervision is one of the most effective ways to prevent drownings.
Enclose your pool area with a fence that has narrow rails (so a child cannot squeeze through) and a gate with a self-closing and self-latching mechanism. Install self-closing and self-latching mechanisms on all doors and windows that lead to the pool area from the house. Keep tables and chairs away from pool fence so that children can't use them to climb into the pool area.
Teach your children how to call 9-1-1 and how to get help. Learn CPR and how to access help in an emergency. You can sign up for CPR classes through the Chandler Community and Neighborhood Services Department by calling 786-2727. In addition, the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department offers classes in Basic CPR & First Aid on the third Saturday of every month. Call 480-782-2120 to register for a class.
This time of year, it's also important to take precautions when working or playing outside. Heat-related illnesses claim the lives of hundreds of people annually. To ward off heatstroke, limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. When outside, seek shade. Chandler has great parks with shade structures and a number of City pools and splash pads to keep you cool.
Summer can also be a very hectic time of year, with normal routines disrupted. It's a time of year when parents and caregivers can forget a child or pet in the back seat of a hot car. Always check your car before leaving the vehicle, and remember, it's never OK to leave a child or pet alone in a car, even for a few minutes. Opening windows will not prevent heatstroke.
Another precaution to take during summertime is home security when away on vacation. As Arizona temperatures rise, so does the frequency of break-ins when families are away on vacation. Thieves prey on homes vacated by travelers because they are easy to stake out and invade. Lock all windows and doors -- and don't leave door keys outside the home (under doormats and flower pots are places thieves look first).
Trim the bushes and plants around windows, doorways and gates, so those areas are clearly visible for neighbors and the police to see. Notify your neighbors that you will be on vacation. Ask them to watch your house and provide them with your contact information.
Notify newspaper carriers and the local post office to hold deliveries. Also ask neighbors to pick up any packages that are delivered to your house during your absence. Install motion detector lights around the outside of the home. During the evening, set light timers to turn on throughout the house.
As police officers continue to patrol our streets and protect our neighborhoods, they are also available to answer questions about crime prevention. The non-emergency phone number for the Police Department is 480-782-4130. Additional resources are also available on the department website at www.chandlerpd.com.
Have a safe and enjoyable summer, Chandler!