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Summer Safety

The Fourth of July weekend is here, and many are only thinking of festive gatherings with family and friends not their safety. So here are some things to keep in mind this summer!

WATER AND SWIMMING SAFETY – Weather at the beach, on the lake or at the pool, use safety precautions.

  • Supervise young children around the water.
  • Always use life jackets and secure personal flotation devices.
  • Avoid alcohol while supervising children and before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing.
  • Shower before you enter the pool and do not swim if you are sick.
  • Be aware of the local weather conditions and forecast, especially watch for thunderstorms.
  • Know and obey the posted warnings about beach conditions.
  • Pay attention to lifeguards and posted instructions.
  • Prevent access to water when pools are not in use.

SUN AND HEAT – Protect yourself against sunburn and heat illness.

  • Never leave anyone, including pets, alone in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Increase your intake of fluids–drink more liquids than your thirst indicates; avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose fitting clothing.
  • Be aware of heat exhaustion symptoms: heavy sweating,weakness,dizziness, nausea, clammy skin, pale or flushed complexion, and fast and shallow breathing.
  • If present, be sure to move the person to a cooler place; remove or loosen tight clothing; apply cool wet cloths; and give cool water to drink slowly.
  • Be aware of hear stroke symptoms–hot, dry skin, hallucinations, chills,throbbing headache, high body temperature, confusion/dizziness and slurred speech.
  • If present, be sure to call 911; quickly cool the person in a cool bath or wrap sheets around them; if the victim refuses water, is vomiting or shows decreased level of consciousness, do not give them anything to drink.

Have a Great Summer and Be Safe!

Since its humble beginnings in 1894, the Willoughby Fire Department has grown from two companies of volunteers utilizing hose carts, to a combination full-time and part-time department of eighty-two members utilizing state-of-the-art fire fighting and emergency medical equipment. Today the Fire Department provides a wide array of emergency and non-emergency services. Services include fire suppression, paramedic-level emergency medical services, hazardous materials incident mitigation, specialized technical rescue, fire investigation, fire prevention, fire and life-safety educational programs, and FREE smoke detector installation and child car safety seat inspection services. Throughout the history of the Department our statistics have changed dramatically, yet one thing remains the same – the men and women of the Willoughby Fire Department are committed to providing the highest level of service possible.

The mission of the Willoughby Fire Department is “to protect community, life, and property through the delivery of efficient and effective fire and life safety services.” Our mission is accomplished through the delivery of emergency and non-emergency public safety services. Although non-emergency services play a significant role in fire and life safety prevention, it is the emergency services that, by nature, garner most of the attention.

Public Records Policy

Our city government belongs to the citizens of the City of Willoughby. We conduct our government activities in the open, and we are proud of our strong commitment to this important principle of democracy. View our Public Records Policy here.