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Downloadable PDF Files

bullet Young Drivers Safety Tips (14k PDF)
bullet Poison Prevention Tips (17k PDF)
bullet Power Outage Tips (17k PDF)
bullet Generator Use Tips (11k PDF)
bullet Earthquakes (46k PDF)
bullet Thunderstorms (47k PDF)
bullet Facts On Fire (58k PDF)
bullet Water Safety Tips (23k PDF)

At Home

bullet Home Safety Rule Number One: Always supervise toddlers in the bathroom.
bullet Never leave a baby or toddler alone while bathing, not even long enough to run to the phone or answer a doorbell. Remember, a child  can drown in only 30 seconds.
bullet Take a safety inventory of your home and yard.  Remove items such as five gallon buckets and children's swimming pools after use. Note any drainage areas in your subdivision. Make sure pools, spas, hot tubs, and fishing ponds are barricaded by multiple levels of protection. A child can drown in as little as two inches of water.
bullet Get involved and volunteer to provide water safety talks with a park ranger to church groups, school groups or other civic groups. Our goal is to save lives.

Around Pools and Lakes

bullet Learn to swim. It is the first step towards water safety.
bullet Provide constant supervision and demonstrate safe water practices. Remember: a lifeguard’s job is to provide safety, not supervision.
bullet Teach your children to wait for permission to get in the water.
bullet Swim only in designated swimming areas.
bullet Never swim alone.
bullet Don’t over-estimate your swimming skills.
bullet Never rely on toys such as inner tubes and water wings to stay afloat.
bullet Discourage habits such as diving into shallow water, playing in drainage ditches, and running on docks or pool decks.
bullet Learn infant/child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Learn "Reach, Throw, Row, Don't Go!"
Most people drown within 10 to 30 feet of safety. Learn these few simple techniques to help someone in trouble and keep yourself safe.

bullet Reach: To help someone in the water, reach first with a fishing pole, towel, boat oar, but don't get in the water yourself.
bullet Throw: Scan your area for items such as an empty milk jug, cooler, ring buoys that can be thrown to someone in the water.
bullet Row: It's not safe to go near a swimmer with the boat motor running. Use the oars to bring the boat close enough to reach or throw something to them.
bullet Don't Go: Without expert training and experience in lifesaving techniques, you could put yourself in danger along with the person you are trying to help.

Keep This Checklist On Your Boat

bullet Float plan - let a friend know when you're leaving, where you're going, when you expect to return, what to do if you don't, and a description of your boat
bullet Charts of the area and compasses
bullet Registration certificate or documentation
bullet Personal Flotation Devices (wearable and throwable) - cg approved, good condition, readily accessible, assigned and fitted
bullet Fire Extinguishers - right number, size, and class for boat; charged, not corroded, nozzle clear, bracketed, readily accessible
bullet Visual Distress Signals - current dates on pyros, proper number, batteries good if lights or epirb
bullet Anchors and Line - adequate anchor for bottom, adequate line for water depth
bullet DeWatering device - bilge pump operable, alternative bailing device available
bullet Watch or clock - operable
bullet Boarding ladder (or other means of boarding)
bullet Heaving lines - at least 30 feet with monkey fist
bullet Mooring lines - bow, stern, and spring lines, preferably three-stranded nylon with an eye in one end and of adequate length for your boat and mooring conditions
bullet Bright flashlight or searchlight
bullet Navigation lights - tested and operable, spare bulbs
bullet Batteries - fully charged, encased in plastic boxes or terminals covered, securely fastened down
bullet Sound producing device - horn, whistle appropriate for boat
bullet Alternate propulsion - paddle or oar
bullet Boat hook(s)
bullet FCC license - if VHF radio, radar, epirb or other transmitter aboard and you plan to enter a foreign country
bullet Oil discharge and trash placards affixed - if required by boat size
bullet Bell - if required by boat size
bullet First Aid Kit
bullet Gauges - functional and reading properly
bullet Ventilation - power ventilation operable (blower) and natural ventilations cowls open and clear
bullet Tools and spare parts
bullet Depth sounder, lead line, or sounding pole
bullet Compass
bullet Copy of Colregs (NavRules) - if required by boat size
bullet Spare propeller and lock nut
bullet Sunscreen and sunhat
bullet Extra clothing...wool sweater, gloves, socks and other articles for warming if temperature drops or someone gets wet
bullet Binoculars
bullet AM radio...static on AM forewarns of nearby lightning
bullet Drinking water
bullet Personal needs like prescription drugs
bullet Carry a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers navigation chart. Follow this link to navigation charts from the Corps homepage.

Tips on Life Jackets

bullet Wear your life jacket.  They float-you don't.
bullet Always choose Coast Guard approved life jackets.
bullet A snug fit is essential. In addition to checking weight and size requirements, try the life jacket on your child. When picked up by the life jacket shoulders, the child’s chin and ears shouldn’t slip through.
bullet Infant and toddler life jackets should roll the child onto his back and keep his head above water. The life jacket should have a rounded flotation collar with a grab strap if possible (United States Coast Guard approved TYPE II).
bullet Again, let the child select his or her life jacket. Kids and adults are more willing to wear a vest that feels and looks good.
bullet Check life jackets for tears, loose buckles and straps, dry rot or mildew.


bullet Determine if you are in a flood-prone area by calling your local emergency management office or Red Cross chapter.
bullet Plan and practice an evacuation route.
bullet Have disaster supplies on hand, including a battery-operated radio.
bullet Designate a point of contact for flood situations in case the family is separated.
bullet Avoid driving in flooded areas.
bullet If your car stalls, abandon it immediately. If the water exceeds 1/3 the height of your tire, the car is weightless.
bullet If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
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