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Summer is the peak season for travel, recreation and much-needed relaxation with friends and family. But whether you’re staying home, visiting a local swim club, or planning a trip out of town, this time of year can also present our community with a unique set of challenges in terms of health and public safety.
In addition to staying cool and hydrated when the mercury rises, it’s important to safeguard yourself, your family and your home against potential dangers you might not always consciously consider.
For example, pools and hot tubs are particularly important to safeguard. A child can drown or suffer an injury in just the time it takes to answer a telephone. Even pools that are not in use can be dangerous for children left unattended. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers a wealth of valuable information for keeping your family secure at www.poolsafety.gov. Some helpful tips include:
Another common summer-safety concern is home security during a busy travel season. An empty home is an attractive site to a would-be burglar – so much so that State Farm has compiled a list of things to keep in mind when getting ready for vacation.
The Cherry Hill Police Department’s Community Relations Officer is an excellent resource for education on these and all home- and personal-safety issues. For more information or assistance, call (856) 488-7813, or visit the township’s website at www.cherryhill-nj.com.
As Mayor, as a parent, and as a resident, I strongly encourage you to use our vast resources to their full capacity so you and your family can enjoy a very safe, happy and healthy rest of the summer.