We recently shared with you how part of our mission of making a difference in our community is through education. Prince William Fire and Rescue System is committed to educating our residents and helping them live healthy, safe lives.
Summertime brings lazy days by the pool, summer barbeques and lots of activities outside in the heat. While summer may be almost over, the knowledge learned here is invaluable year-round. As a volunteer with our organization, you could play an important role in keeping our community safe. Here are some of the tips we share to encourage safe practices in the heat.
Pools brings some of Prince William’s families their best days. Unfortunately, drowning is also a high cause of deaths in children. We want everyone to enjoy pools safely by following these recommendations:
- NEVER leave a child unattended in a pool.
- Teach children to swim as early as possible.
- Have children wear life preservers/floaties when they are learning to swim.
- If you own a pool, make sure it is fenced in with proper locks and alarms in place to keep unattended children out.
- Teach children to stay away from pool drains and make sure they are always covered.
- Learn CPR so you are prepared with life-saving skills if needed.
Who doesn’t love the feel of the wind in your hair, the sun on your face, and a little dip in the lake or river? Summer is the most popular time for boating, so teaching residents to follow these safety tips helps keep them safe.
- Everyone on board should always wear life jackets appropriate for the day’s activities.
- Complete a boating safety class.
- Get a vessel safety check with the U.S. Coast Guard to make sure everything is in safe, working order.
- Don’t drink and drive.
- Keep your eye on the weather, so you don’t get stranded in a storm.
Heat and Sun Safety
Simply being outside on hot summer days can bring its own set of safety concerns. When spending hours in the sun, we recommend the following:
- Always wear sunscreen to avoid burns and reapply at least every two hours.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Take breaks in the shade if possible.
- Know the signs of heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses, and take appropriate action if one is suspected.
- Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day, usually 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Wear light clothing.
- Check on elderly neighbors and family members on days of extreme heat, as they are more easily prone to dehydration.
As a member of PWCFRS, you too could provide life-saving education to the residents of Prince William County, as well as life-saving services. Come join us today!
Are you looking for a change? Here in Prince William County, the volunteer departments provide fire and emergency medical services to the County’s citizens and visitors during weekday evenings, weekends and holidays. Prince William County’s volunteer fire and rescue departments are seeking motivated individuals who have the desire to make a difference and provide an important service to their community. Learn more now.
- Posted by ATW
- On August 13, 2019
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