SUMMER SAFETY TIPS from the Suffolk County PBA
Our Officers want you, your family and friends to have a safe and wonderful spring and summer season. We have all waited long enough for winter to come to an end!

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Summertime on Long Island is fabulous with its beautiful beaches, parks, backyard and community pools, garden sprinklers, and so many fun family attractions. We offer some simple but important safety measures that will help to ensure that you and your family have a safe and delightful time this summer.

Remember, if you are headed to a place where you know there will be lots of crowds, review some ground rules before you get there. Make sure your child knows what to do in case you get separated or lost from one another. Teach your children to look for a person who can help them, like a uniformed police officer, park worker or even a mother with children. Pick a spot upon your arrival and designate it as your meeting place in case someone gets lost. With a little common sense and caution, you and your family can have an incredible and safe summer ahead of you!

Beware of the 100 Deadliest Days

The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the deadliest time for teen crashes on our roadways. Parents can play a role to help keep their new teen drivers safe.

  1. – Provide teens with ample knowledge so they can protect themselves – this includes the dangers and consequences of driving while intoxicated, texting, and driving at night
  2. – Invest in smart phone software that prevents teens from browsing the internet while driving

Beat the Heat

Whether you’re working or playing outside in the summer, everyone is at risk for a heat-related illness. Take steps to protect yourself:

  1. – Wear appropriate clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat
  2. – Take frequent water breaks
  3. – Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15
  4. – Never leave kids or pets unattended in a vehicle

Most important: Never leave a child or animal alone in the car. Aside from abduction dangers, in the summer- time, car temperatures can soar very quickly. Even if the outside temperature isn’t ridiculously hot and even with the windows down, a car can get dangerously warm very fast. Take your child with you, even if you are going into a store just for a minute.

Surf’s Up

From North to the South shore, Long Island’s beautiful beaches are a sight to see. To enjoy a safe summer on the shore, be sure to practice proper water safety techniques:

  1. – Never leave your child unattended when swimming; implement the “buddy system”
  2. – Only swim in sanctioned zones with lifeguards present
  3. – Stay hydrated
    – Apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15

Water Safety

More than one in five drowning victims are children 14-years-old and younger, and most incidents happen when a child falls into a pool or is left alone in the bathtub. Keep your kids safe in the water:

  1. – Enroll children over the age of three in swimming lessons
  2. – Don’t rely on lifeguards to watch over your children – Never leave your child unattended

Explain to your child that he/she should never go into any body of water without a grown-up present. Even a child who has taken swimming lessons cannot be left alone near the water. If you or a neighbor have a pool and it isn’t surrounded by a fence that locks, invest in one immediately. The fence should be four-sided and the gate should be self-closing and self-locking. The goal is to have a separate pool area so a child can’t walk out the door or into your yard and right into the pool.

Boating Safety

What better place than the shores of Long Island to have some summer boating fun? The open waters can be a fun and thrilling family attraction, so long as the following safety tips are kept in mind:

  1. – Preparation is key—check the weather before embarking on a boating adventure. Dress accordingly (this includes life vests!) Always verify that you have the proper safety equipment and have checked your boat systems for operational safety.
  2. – Children 12 and under should always be equipped with a life preserver that is approved by the US Coast Guard.
  3. – Always wear a life jacket when participating in water sports.
  4. – If you are under the age of 18, it is illegal to operate a motorboat without successfully completing
    an approved course in motor boat education.

A person without a safety certificate may be accompanied by someone over the age of 18.

It is never OK to drink and operate a boating vehicle— in fact, it’s against the law. Keep yourself and those around you safe by consuming alcohol responsibly. If you plan to drink while out at sea, be sure you have a designated, experienced, and sober “skipper” to safely guide you through the waters.

 

Fireworks

There’s nothing quite like the awe and wonder of fireworks on the Fourth of July. However, this one is best left to the professionals. In order to safely enjoy fireworks this summer, enjoy the show from a distance, presented by professional handlers. Remember, it is illegal to possess fireworks in New York State without obtaining a permit.