Summer is heating up, and city safety officials want families to be prepared. Use these resource links below to plan safe activities and take the right precautions to keep you, your family, neighbors and friends safe.
Kids will be getting out of school for the summer somewhere in the month of May, and some children will be staying home alone during the day, many will be out on neighborhood streets riding their bikes or skateboards and spending more time on the playground. Here are some great tips for families on keeping kids safe this summer:
If leaving children home alone, post your cell phone number and emergency numbers (police, fire, EMS, doctor and the poison control hotline, 800-222-1222) and a friend or neighbor’s number by every phone in the house. Also include your home address in case 9-1-1 needs to be called.
Prepare a snack or meal in advance for the kid(s), preferably one that does not need to be heated.
If your children will need to cook, have them use the microwave and go over the steps for using it, being mindful of microwave burns. They should use potholders to remove food, remove lids carefully to prevent steam burns and test food temperature before eating.
Review your family’s emergency plans and make sure your children know what to do if the smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector goes off. Practice two escape routes from each room.
Show your children where you keep your first aid kit and how to use basic first aid supplies.
Check playgrounds where your children play. Look for age-appropriate equipment and hazards, such as rusted or broken equipment and dangerous surfaces. Report any hazards to the school or appropriate local office.
Dress appropriately for the playground. Remove necklaces, purses, scarves or clothing with drawstrings that can get caught on equipment and pose a strangulation hazard. Even helmets can be dangerous on a playground, so save those for bikes.
With lots of free time, kids will have many opportunities to surf the web, but there are internet predators out there. Parents can help reduce these risks by talking to kids about making safe, responsible decisions, and monitoring the sites kids are visiting; also make sure you ‘friend’ or ‘follow’ your child on social networking sites so you can check who they are talking to and what they are posting. Get more info at: http://www.glendaleaz.com/police/education.cfm.
Once the temperature reaches the 90s everyone will be ready to get into the pool – but pool time fun comes with big responsibility for parents and caregivers, as it poses such a threat to the safety of children who are not being watched closely. We all need constant reminders about watching children around water, year-round, as it pertains to bath tubs, canals and any standing water. Here are the things you should always keep in mind:
An adult who is watching a child should do just that—watch. Never let the kids use the pool when no adult is outside with them.
Make sure the gate or door that leads to the pool is always locked. Interior fences provide an additional barrier and should have self-closing, self-latching gates.
Remember the A-B-C's of water safety:
Adult supervision: Always watch children around water.
Barrriers: fencing around your pool is extremely important.
Classes: get involved—Adults should take a CPR class and teach their children how to swim.
Supervision is needed around ALL bodies of water: Never allow your children to play around canals; they are deep and have strong undercurrents.
Never leave children unattended while bathing. Always have everything you need on hand before you start their bath.
Children can also drown in buckets, the toilet, or even the dog’s water dish.
The best drowning prevention tip is to always know where your children are, especially when around water.
Planning a summer project or renovation? From a renovation to a pool or solar panels, make sure you have the right permits and follow all proper city codes.
Glendale’s Building Safety Department wants to make your building safety inspection process easier with a series of educational videos aimed to show you exactly what you can expect when we're inspecting! Watch now.
It goes without saying that heat is a major culprit of affecting Arizona residents’ health if we are not careful. Even natives can forget to drink/carry enough water and sometimes neglect to properly care for children in the high temps. Here are some important facts that will help keep your family safe:
Pets also need special consideration when you take them outdoors in the heat. Taking them for a hike or walk can be dangerous. The asphalt will be 25-30 degrees hotter than the ambient temperature. Here are steps to take when taking your dog outdoors:
Watch their behavior
Take plenty of water
Go in the shade as often as you can
Cool them down if they show any signs of heat-related illness
Purchase dog booties for your dog if you take them out onto pavement in the summer months
Drink water. Even people that stay mostly indoors all day should drink at least 2 liters of water per day. People that spend time outdoors should drink 1 to 2 liters per hour that they are outdoors. People that do strenuous activity outdoors should be very careful, since your body can lose up to 4 liters of water per hour during strenuous activity. You should carry water with you and drink even if you do not feel thirsty. Be heat safe and avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun's energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella. Always apply sunscreen to exposed skin.
Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein which increase metabolic heat.
Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.
Stay indoors when possible.
Take regular breaks when engaged in physical activity on warm days. Take time out to find a cool place. If you recognize that you, or someone else, are showing symptoms of a heat-related illness, stop activity and find a cool place. Remember, have fun, but stay cool!
Older adults, aged 65 and older, are particularly vulnerable to heat illness. Age is a risk factor because older adults do not adjust as well to changes in temperature compared to when they were younger. They are also most likely to have a chronic medical condition that alters the body's normal response to heat. In addition, some prescription medicines can impair the body's ability to regulate its temperature or can inhibit perspiration.
Air conditioning is vital in Arizona. Some residents that are elderly or low-income can get assistance with their utilities through the city’s Community Action Program. Get info on how to apply: http://www.glendaleaz.com/CAP/.
If something does happen to your air-conditioning unit, seek a cool place to take respite. Maricopa County Association of Governments provides a list of places and resources here: http://www.azmag.gov/.
Glendale sites you can visit include: Foothills Recreation Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.; any of the libraries; Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.; and the Glendale Community Center, 5401 W. Ocotillo Rd. among others.
How can I take action?
Participate in the water donation drive.
Look in on elderly residents in your neighborhood.
Summer is the time when we hit the road to get a little rest and relaxation, but many don’t plan for the unexpected or take the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe while away from home. Here are some tips to keeping your vacation fun:
When you're planning a vacation:
Have a friend or neighbor pick up the mail and newspaper, or have your mail/paper stopped/held while you are away.
Make sure someone is checking the house.
Make arrangements to have the lawn cut and the garbage put out.
Have timers set up to turn on lights, TV and radios at random times throughout the day to make the home look and seem lived in.
Use a photo sensitive motion sensor light for an outside light to make the home appear occupied.
Stop all deliveries.
Put valuables such as jewelry, large sums of cash and documents in a safe deposit box.
Don’t talk about your trip on social media sites.
When booking your trip, make sure you are using a reputable site/agency. Be on the lookout for scams. The last thing you want is to lose money on your vacation.
Be prepared. Bring supplies in the event of an accident or medical issue. Stock your car with an emergency kit—especially a flashlight, blanket, first-aid kit, and some basic tools. Also, bring water and extra snacks, just in case.
Be safe. Make sure you are driving safely and follow the rules of the road. Pay special attention to driving in excessive heat, wind and rain.
How can I take action?
Glendale Police Department offers a free Home Security Survey to residents. For more information, call 623-930-3380.
Glendale Firefighter Mike Young discusses how to keep your family safe this holiday in this video presentation.
Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at the family cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your summer kick-off barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons. Keep these tips in mind:
Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
Never leave your grill unattended.
If using a charcoal grill, keep in mind to only use charcoal starter fluid, never adding it once the fire is going; and when you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
For more information on outdoor barbecue safety, click here.
As summer vacation comes to an end for students, the city of Glendale is reminding families of important safety messages as they get back into school routines.
Many school districts are back in session or will be in the next couple of weeks, and whether your student is walking, biking, skateboarding or riding the bus, you will want to go over these safety tips from the Glendale Police and Transportation departments:
For students walking, biking, or skateboarding to and from school:
Have a primary and safe secondary route to and from school (for an approved list of safe routes, check your school district website)
The route should always be in view of others in the neighborhood.
Walk or ride in groups.
Wear reflective or bright colored clothing to increase your visibility.
Have the appropriate bicycle or skateboard safety equipment; reflectors and lights (front and rear), helmets, knee and elbow pads.
Pay attention to your surroundings; look both ways before crossing streets.
Walk your bike across intersections.
If a stranger, on foot or in a vehicle, approaches you, don’t stop or talk to them. Go as fast and safely as you can to a safe place and tell an adult.
For students riding school buses:
While at the bus stop be patient and well behaved while waiting for the bus, and remain on the sidewalk.
When the bus arrives remain in a straight single file line.
Before entering or exiting the bus wait for the signal from the bus driver.
Most importantly, listen and follow instructions from the bus driver.
For adults driving in school zones:
Be vigilant and observant, especially in school zones, near bus stops and while backing out of driveways.
Use all mirrors and visible angles when traveling through a school zone.
Obey traffic lights and street signs (take extra time at intersections near schools to make sure they are clear).
Avoid distractions like texting, phone conversations or loud music