School's Out! Summer Safety Tips
As we approach summer, the Marion County Sheriff's Department is preparing for one of the busiest times of the year. With more people outdoors and participating in activities, it is important that we take precautions to ensure the safety of our community. We congratulate all area graduates and wish them the best of luck in the future, whether away at college, into a career or somewhere in between!
We want to remind everyone to prioritize safety and responsibility during this season of relaxation and fun. Whether you are hiking, swimming, enjoying a neighborhood barbeque, or just spending time with family and friends, please be mindful of your surroundings and take steps to avoid accidents or injury.
Due to increased outdoor activities and travel during summer, remind all drivers in your family to follow traffic laws and never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Please ensure everyone traveling in the vehicle is wearing their seatbelt and it is properly buckled.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the following tips for beating the heat:
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 (reapply as needed)
- Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle
- Pay attention to heat advisories
- Seek medical attention immediately for any signs of heat-related illness
- Take frequent water breaks
- Wear light clothing
For more information on safety and health during summertime, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Marion County Sheriff's Department wishes everyone a happy, safe, and healthy start to the summer season. Congratulations again to our graduates!
Gregg L. Alexander, Sheriff