A weekly article that will offer information concerning the Kilgore Fire Department and provide safety tips for home and family.

With summer and warmer weather hastily approaching, it is a time to enjoy the great outdoors. We hope that you enjoy the warmer weather and we want to offer a few tips to make it better and safer.

Make Yourself Unattractive to Insects: Avoid scented soaps, perfumes and hairsprays that can attract mosquitoes and other biting bugs. Also, avoid where insects nest or gather, such as standing water, uncovered foods and gardens where flowers are blooming. Use bug spray to ward off ticks, mosquitoes and other bugs. (Don’t use on infants!)

Use the 20-Minute Rule: Drink water at least every 20 minutes. This is to prevent heat stress and heat stroke especially on hot and humid days.

Play Safe: When at the playground, look closely at the equipment to be sure it is in good shape with no points or edges. Ensure slides are cool before using.

Stay Street Legal: Before going out on your bicycle, be sure to follow the rules of the road and wear your helmet.

Watch for Bad Plants: Watch and avoid poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac! Wash as soon as possible if exposed to these poisonous plants.

Be Prepared: Whether just out playing or going on a hike, be prepared with water and a first-aid kit. Always know where you are so you can give a good location to the 9-1-1 operator if needed.

Use Water Safety Tips: 1. Set limits in the water based on each person’s ability. 2. Stick to pools, lakes, and beaches where there are lifeguards. 3. Don’t play around drains. 4. Don’t allow children to have breath-holding contests underwater.

Protect Your Skin: Use a broad spectrum sunscreen to protect against both UVB and UVA rays. Wear a hat with a 3-inch brim and limit your exposure between 10 am and 4 pm when UV rays are the strongest.

        Stay S.A.F.F.E.,

        Johnny Bellows

        Fire Chief

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