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By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

August 31, 2017 (San Diego) – It’s Labor Day Weekend. Anyone up for a barbecue or picnic?  Make sure to keep a close eye on the grill ensuring safety at all times.  Keep children away from the grill as well as combustibles and vegetation.

Warm weather is forecasted so make sure you keep hydrated, lay low, stay in the shade and wear sun screen. And don’t forget the pets!

Water activity? Provide constant supervision to children in or near the water and always stay within arm’s reach of young children and inexperienced swimmers while they are in the water. Young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear approved life jackets.

Whatever your water, hiking or travel plan is advise a trusted friend or family member the time you are going to hit the water, trails and road and expected to return.  This way authorities have an idea where to search if you do not make it back home.  

Remember to protect your skin and eyes from the rays of the sun by wearing cover ups, sun screen, sunglasses and hats. Keep kids within sight and arms reach when in the water and never swim alone.

No matter where your destination, you’ll want to take your time to ensure you and your family arrive safely. Drive safe, defensively, with courtesy and patience. “There are many of distracted drivers out there says Chief DiGiovanna. You don’t want us responding to your text so don’t text and drive!”

Remember, do not drink and drive and always wear your seat belt.

Happy Labor Day!


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