With the holiday weekend quickly approaching and invites to visit area lakes and backyard barbeques keep coming in, Cal Fire and Riverside County Fire officials are urging weekend revelers to take extra caution due to hidden dangers associated with recreational activities.
Fire officials offer the following tips for recreating outdoors:
In the water:
- Adult Supervision, children should always be supervised by an adult.
- Layers of protection around the pool, fences gates, latches, safety pool covers.
- Parents and caregivers should take CPR and First Aid.
- Always wear a life jacket!
- Never swim alone.
- Drinking and swimming is just as dangerous and drinking and driving.
- Do all yard maintenance that requires a gas or electrical motor before 10 am.
- Lawn mowers are designed to mow lawns. Never use lawn mowers in dry vegetation.
- Use a weed trimmer to cut down dry weeds and grass.
- Remove rocks in the area before you begin operating any equipment. A rock hidden in grass or weeds is enough to start a fire when struck by metal blade.
Over the past few weeks, firefighters have responded to several equipment caused wildfires that have burned hundreds of acres throughout the county. Fire officials said the winter rainfall has produced tall grass that poses a fire hazard as drier conditions prevail, making it easier for brush to quickly burn.
With May being drowning prevention month, officials are urging water goers to take extra precaution when in and around bodies of water since drowning tend to increase dramatically during holiday weekends, officials said. According to Cal Fire and Riverside County Firefighters, from 2005-2009, 63 children died as a result of drowning accidents, which could have been