As a life long north-westerner this time of year means one thing, time to shed the parka, pack up the galoshes and dig out the sunscreen and Crocs. With forecast high temperatures reaching into the mid 80's this weekend it is a good opportunity to revisit some warm weather reminders.
The first topic I would like to review is water safety. While everyone is excited to see the warmer weather coming our way, please be aware that even though the temperatures reach into the 80's the water is generally still very cold and running quickly. According to experts, when bodies are suddenly plunged into the cold water the first hazards are usually panic and shock. Immersion in cold water can quickly numb the extremities to the point of uselessness. Cold hands cannot fasten the straps of a life jacket, grasp a lifeline, or hold onto a over-turned boat. Hypothermia can set in within minutes.
Please ensure the proper use of flotation devices and keep a close eye on swimmers and fellow boaters. If you do have an emergency on the water call 9-1-1 and know your exact location.
Another topic that is very important to me as a pet owner is the safety of pets left in cars during periods of warmer weather.
With that said unpack the barbecue, put up the patio umbrella, fill the cooler, and get out there and enjoy that sun while it lasts.