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July is UV Safety Month

We need sunshine. It helps with our body’s production of Vitamin D and has been tied to issues of depression in some people who don’t get enough. However, overexposure to the sun can lead to a variety of health risks. You may be surprised about some of the specific dangers of sun exposure and how you can protect yourself.

See more on UV Safety


Take Steps to Stay Safe Around Water

Pools, lakes, ponds and beaches mean summer fun and cool relief from hot weather. But, water also can be dangerous, if you don't take proper precautions. The good news is there are many ways to keep your family safe in the water and make sure your children take the right precautions when they're on their own.

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Heat Awareness

Heat is one of the leading weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year.

Please visit these links, for Heat Safety Information:
Fire Medical's Heat Safety Tips
National Weather Service


NFPA Reminds you...

Smoke Alarms Save Lives.

Roughly two thirds of fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. For printable PDF from NFPA click here.


Fire Chief's Message

Summer—the perfect time to have fun together as a family and the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department wants you to have a great time at whatever you do. From amusement parks to pools and lakes, from fishing, boating and camping to state fairs, there is no end to the possibilities. However, summer activities often bring scrapes and bruises -- or worse. The more information you have about how to prevent illnesses and injuries, the less likely they will occur. Below are a few simple things you can do to ensure that your summer fun involves minimal risk.

Keep these tips in mind before you go out this summer and for more information check out the web sites recommended at the end of this article.

Master Water Safety!

  • Always closely supervise children in and near the water.
  • Teach children to swim.
  • Make sure everyone has and wears a Coast Guard approved life vest.
  • Learn CPR! Your skills could save a life!

Beat the Heat & Sun!

  • Use SPF 30+ sunscreen and re-apply often.
  • Recognize signs of illness caused by heat and know what to do.
  • Stay hydrated with water, and cool with frequent showers or baths.
  • Never leave a child alone in a parked car for any length of time.

Keep mosquitoes and ticks from bugging you!

  • Use insect repellent and check for ticks
  • Make your yard a tick-safe zone by removing leaf litter and trash
  • Know the signs and symptoms of bug related illnesses
  • Wear protective clothing to decrease the amount of exposed skin.

Be Safe at Play!

  • Wear the appropriate protective equipment for sports and recreation activities.
  • Check playground surfaces and equipment to ensure they are safe and maintained.
  • Teach children to walk, not run across the street and never walk between parked cars.
  • Keep a summer first aid kit stocked and available.

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