With summer upon us already, we here at the Clay County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to be aware of some of the dangers and changes of schedules for many in our community.
1. Children are out of school and are out and about playing.
- Buckle Up Everyone! NOT JUST BABY!
- Don't forget baby (or pets) in cars. In a few short minutes a car can reach over 100 degrees.
- Always look both ways before entering the intersection.
- Be mindful of backing up. Small children are hard to see if they are directly behind the car.
- small children are curious and want to explore their surroundings. Be mindful of where you house your home cleaning supplies and laundry detergent.
- Head Injuries
- Children out riding bicycles, skateboards, scooters, horses or ATVs need to be wearing helmets to ensure safety while enjoying outside activities.
- With pools already up, going up and the local pools opening this becomes a big danger for individuals of any age. Children can drown in as little as an inch of water in a five-gallon bucket as well as a swimming pool. But don't just keep an eye on the little ones, be mindful of anyone near the water.
- Playground Injuries
- Falls off of any playground equipment (park or at home) can lead to a much serious injury given the height of the equipment or the age of the child.
2. The Sun
- Sun Damage
- Sunscreen is not just for the beach!!!
- Remember to wear it:
- Amusement parks
- Outside Family Events
- Sporting Events
- Outside Concerts
- Pool Parties
- and so many more...
- Heat exhaustion
- a condition whose symptoms may include
- heavy sweating
- rapid pulse
- heat cramps
- Heavy Sweating
- Causes of heat exposure
- high temperatures
- high humidity
- strenuous physical activity
- Heat stroke
- Or sun stroke, is a type of severe heat illness that results in a body temperature greater than 104 and confusion.
- Throbbing Headache
- Dizziness and light-headedness
- Lack of Sweating despite the heat
- Red, hot, and dry skin
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid Heartbeat
- Everyone's Favorite Bug!!
- These bugs carry all kinds of diseases:
- So Remember to Apply bug spray
- Wasps and Bees
- These bugs are mostly nonaggressive unless threatened by something.
- So remember when cleaning out those sheds and putting up those pools to be mindful of their presence.
- With kids out playing in the yard, ant hills can become a hazard. Small children can easily over run by these small creatures and could quickly become dangerous.
- With the warmer weather upon us, these creatures are starting to come out of the hiding holes. So be aware of were you step when out in wooded areas or even out in your shed when cleaning because they will go anywhere to stay warm.
- Dogs and Cats
- These animals are always out and about and you can never be to cautious around a stray animal. Even if that animal is familiar to you, it only takes a second for any animal to become hostile.
But most of all, all of us here at the Clay County Sheriff's Office would like to wish you a Safe and Happy Summer.