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Wigington: Summer safety
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During these hot summer months, there are some important safety tips you can use to help make yourself and your family safer:

Get to know the parents of your children's friends, and feel free to discuss safety issues with them. Other parents should never be reluctant to discuss safety issues with you, such as Internet and TV monitoring, but if they are, try to make sure you can supervise the children at all times.

Sadly, children die or are injured in pools every year. A child should never swim in an unattended pool. If your child is going to a friend's house to swim, speak with the parents to make sure the children will be supervised at all times. Don't be afraid to ask if they know CPR.

In the warmer months, children often spend more time outside. Teach your children never to leave a park or a field with anyone, no matter what the other person says. Also, instruct them that you will always discuss it with them first before arranging them to ride somewhere with another adult. Use role playing situations to reinforce this with your child.

Drink plenty of fluids. During hot weather, you will need to increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. If you have a condition, consult your doctor.

Stay indoors in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun. If you must be outdoors, dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.

Never, ever leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

Postpone outdoor activities and take shelter in a home, building or hard top automobile if severe weather is headed your way. Closely monitor a local radio station, TV station or NOAA Weather Radio for the latest information on excessive heat watches and warnings.

Make sure pets have plenty of water and shade, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it's extremely hot.

Please call us at the Sheriff's Office if we can help you, or if you have any questions about summer safety.