Rural/Metro Fire Department’s Summer Safety Tips

Summer has come to Sahuarita once again, and with summer comes an increased need for heat and water safety practices. “Summer in the desert presents very particular health hazards,” says Capt. Grant Cesarek of Rural/Metro Fire Department. “Being safe this summer means watching kids around water, be prepared for outdoor activities, such as hiking; drink plenty of fluids, use sunscreen, and plan those activities in the early morning or near sundown. Taking these steps will help provide us a safer community during the summer heat.”

A subscription-based fire protection service, Rural/Metro has provided emergency response services to the residents of Sahuarita since 1974. In 2013, the Arizona Department of Health Services recognized Rural/Metro as a Premier Provider of pre-hospital emergency care. To learn more about Rural/Metro services and to subscribe for fire and emergency medical services, visit Rural/Metro online at or call (520) 297-3600.

Pool Safety – While around the pool assign someone to be a water watcher. The water watcher will pay close attention to the pool and not be distracted by other activities. Have a phone nearby the pool to dial 911 in case of an emergency. Allow children a break during swimming activities; they can become tired and then be in danger while in the pool. There is no excuse for not watching children around the pool. Don’t think that someone else is watching them, make sure you watch the water.

Practice the ABC’s of Water Safety

  • Adult Supervision – Never let a child swim alone or be near water unattended.
  • Barriers – Fences around pools should have self-closing, self-locking gates that will keep a child from accessing the pool without supervision.
  • Classes – Swim classes for anyone who does not know how to swim and CPR classes for every adult.

Hiking Safety – Be prepared, take plenty of water, and wear sunscreen and light-colored clothing. Carry a backpack where you can have a small first aid kit, a flashlight and a map of the area you are hiking. Don’t hike alone; let someone know your planned route and when you should be home. Be attentive to the wildlife and remember that the animals that can hurt you are very active.

Barbeque Safety – Start with a very clean barbeque and a safe area to cook in. Move the barbeque away from your home and the overhanging roof. If using propane, ensure that the connection to the bottle is tight and there are no leaks in the rubber hoses. Make sure the barbeque has cooled off before storing. Storing of chemicals should be away from any heat the cooking area may produce.


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