The Snohomish Health District and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office offers these tips to protect yourself and your family.
· Wear a life jacket at all time. If you don’t own one already, Big 5 Sporting Goods offers 25 percent off a variety of life jackets and many area parks have Life Jacket Loaner Stations.
· Never swim alone
· Swim in a supervised, marked area with a lifeguard present, and swim with others
· Stay within designated swimming areas
· Be cautious of sudden drop-offs and swift underwater currents
· Stay warm – even if it’s warm outside, most of our rivers and lakes remain cold all summer
· Know your limits and your abilities; stop before you’re too tired
· Set limits with your children – when they can go in the water, where they can go, who needs to be there, and what they should have with them.
· Drink more fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
· Avoid drinks with alcohol or a lot of sugar.
· Stay indoors or in the shade. In extreme heat, seek an air-conditioned place, like a shopping mall or a public library.
· Take cool showers or baths.
· Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Use sunscreen, wear sunglasses.
· NEVER leave anyone or pets in a closed, parked vehicle.
· Check regularly on infants and young children, seniors, and ill people
· Know the symptoms of heat-related illness
· Keep kids away from hot grills and campfires – have a fire extinguisher handy
· Know the fire danger level before starting a campfire – keep water close by
· If fireworks are allowed where you are, remember that even sparklers reach 1800 degrees Fahrenheit
More safety information and resources can be found at https://sheriff.snoco.org.