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Did you know that in Michigan you are never more than six miles from a body of water? We are known for our great lakes and with that come some common sense water safety tips.
When children are in or around water have an adult that knows how to swim and perform CPR within arm’s length to provide close supervision.
When in the pool:
• Remember to never leave children alone in or near the pool.
• Remember the saying, Reach, Throw, and Go. With that in mind make sure to equip your pool area with proper equip- ment to prevent a drowning.
• Keep rescue equipment and porta-
ble telephones near the pool. Rescue equipment can include a Shepard’s hook (a long pole with a hook on the end) and a life preserver near the pool. The Shepard’s hook should be made of fiberglass or other materials that do not conduct electricity. Do not relay on inflatable swimming aids such as “floaties” to replace an approved life jacket. These devices can give children and parents a false sense of security.
• Share safety instructions with family, friends, and neighbors.
When on a boat:
• Everyone should wear a life jacket at all times especially non-swimmers and children. Make sure that the life jacket is the right size for the individual using it and that all straps and belts are used.
• Remember the dangers of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs; even some prescription medications can affect your ability to operate a boat safely.
When swimming in open waters:
• Never swim alone. Even experienced swimmers need to use the buddy system.
• Remember never dive into water if you don’t know the depth and check for underwater objects. Never swim in canals or in any fast moving water.
• Know about rip tides. If you find your- self caught in a rip tide remember to swim parallel to the shore until you escape the current and then immediate- ly swim back to the shore.
Summertime fun usually means vacation and hot weather traveling. • Summer temperatures can bring dan-
gerously hot conditions in your vehicle. • Remember to check that your air con-
ditioning is working properly.
• Never leave children or pets waiting in
a vehicle.
Before taking a long trip have your vehicle inspected for safety.
• Have your oil, transmission, coolant,
brake, power-steering, and windshield fluids checked. Make sure your wind- shield wipers are working properly.
• Remember to check your tire pressure for every 10 degrees of air temperature your tire pressure can increase by one pound.
When planning a road trip make:
• Have up to date road maps or a route planned out with a GPS.
• Always share your travel itinerary with family or friends.
• Don’t overload your vehicle. Check the owner’s manual for maximum weight of cargo and passengers that your vehi- cle can safely carry.
• Road construction increases in summer months. Be careful to navigate and drive safely through construction zones. Obey the construction speed zones and watch for the work crew and vehicles in the construction zones.
Remember just by taking a few pre- cautions you can make a big difference in making the summer safe and fun for everyone. Please enjoy your vacation and summer holidays.
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Legal Advice &
Services for Seniors
By: Alisa Parker, Managing Attorney
The Legal Services of South Central Michigan-Battle Creek office will con- duct interviews for legal advice and pos- sible representation, without charge, to interested seniors.
• Tuesday, July 10, 2-4pm, Bedford Manor, 100 S. Bedford Road, Battle Creek.
• Monday, July 30, 10-11am, Forks Senior Center, 101 N. Albion Street, Albion.
Legal Services of South Central Michigan-Battle Creek office is a non-profit organization, which provides high quality legal assistance, representa- tion and education to low-income people in Calhoun and Branch Counties and seniors in St. Joseph, Branch, Calhoun and Barry Counties. The Agency seeks to ensure that its clients are given equal access to the justice system. For more information call (269) 965-3951.
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