Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 929 calls for service/events. Our higher number of responses were in the following areas: Alarms (30), Car/Deer Accidents (24), Assist Citizen/Motorists (39), Check Well Beings (23), Domestic Disputes (21), Shoplifting Complaints (23), Larcenies (19), Assaults (5), Operating While Impaired (20), Personal Injury Crashes (16), Property Damage Crashes (29), Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle (48), Traffic Hazards (38), Traffic Stops (210), Traffic Violations (34), and 911 Unknown Calls (50).
School is out and the summer fun activities are underway. A lot of these activities probably involve water, whether it’s playing in the backyard pool, spending time at the lake, or a water park. Water safety is so important for kids of all ages and skill levels. Here are a few reminders to keep your kids safe in and around the water:
1. Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult.
2. When children are swimming and there are several adults present, make sure kids are actively supervised at all times by choosing a Water Watcher, similar to a designated driver. A Water Watcher is a responsible adult who agrees to watch the kids in the water without distractions and wear a Water Watcher card. After a certain amount of time (such as 15-minutes), the Water Watcher card is passed to another adult, who is responsible for the active supervision. Download a Water Watcher card here.
3. Never leave your child unattended around water. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.
4. Empty kiddie pools immediately after use. Store them upside down so they don’t collect water.
5. Teach children how to swim. Every child is different, so enroll children in swim lessons when they are ready. Consider their age, development and how often they are around water.
6. Make sure they develop these five water survival skills:
- step or jump into water over their heads and return to the surface;
- float or tread water for one minute;
- turn around in a full circle and find an exit
- swim 25 yards to exit the water; and
- If in a pool, be able to exit without using the ladder.
7. Install fences around home pools. A pool fence should surround all sides of the pool and be at least four feet tall with self-closing and self-latching gates.
8. Know what to do in an emergency. Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a life.