Jun 07

Stay Safe as Temps Heat Up

Posted on June 7, 2018 at 2:07 PM by Adam Rosen

This week the Valley saw its first extreme heat advisory of the summer. Remember to use caution as midday temperatures spike. Stay hydrated and carry extra water in your vehicle in case you become stranded. Never leave pets or children in a vehicle, even for a moment; temperatures rise quickly. Take frequent breaks from the heat, and limit exercise and activities to the morning and evening hours if possible.

You can also help your community by donating water, sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. Peoria is part of a statewide network, the Heat Relief Network, providing hydration stations and emergency heat relief. Heat Relief Network locations can be found online.

May 30

Avoiding Tragedy at the Pool

Posted on May 30, 2018 at 4:35 PM by Adam Rosen

This is the time of year when tragedy strikes in our lakes and swimming pools. Always watch your children around water to prevent child drowning.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year approximately 800 children drown.  Drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages one to three and the second leading cause among children under the age of 15. Drowning is quick and silent and children rarely make a splashing sound or call for help. A child who is underwater will lose consciousness after two minutes and suffer permanent brain damage within four to six minutes. The main cause of child drowning is poor supervision, it takes as much time for a child to fall into the water as it takes an adult to answer a cell phone or grab a towel.   Preventing a tragedy requires multiple layers of protection; here are some safety guidelines for parents to follow.

  • Always stay within arm’s reach of your child. If you need to leave the pool area, carry your child with you. Know where your child is at all times and if they are missing, check the pool area first.
  • Use proper safety devices. Arm floaties and air tubes are not approved for safety and will not protect your child from drowning. If you are participating in water sports, insist that your child wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life preserver.
  • Be wary of plastic or inflatable pools. If you do use a smaller baby pool, be sure to drain it after each use and do not leave it outside where it can accumulate rain or sprinkler water.  Most parents believe that a small child can just stand up in a baby pool; however, if they fall and get water into their mouth, they can become scared and not know what to do.
  • Surround your pool or hot tub on four sides with a fence that is at least five feet tall.  Make sure that the gate leading to the pool is self-closing and self-latching and that the gate opens out. Never prop open a gate to the pool and do not leave chairs or benches outside of the fenced area that could be used to climb on to gain access to the gate latch.
  • Set up several road blocks that lead out to the pool.  Equip doors and windows with locks and alarms. Consider a floating alarm that goes off if the water in the pool is disturbed.
  • Do not leave toys in the pool area that can entice children towards the pool.  Clear beach balls, flotation devices, rafts and other items from the pool when you are finished swimming.
  • Consider an anti-entrapment drain cover to prevent hair, jewelry and swimsuits from becoming tangled in the drain. 

Help prevent these devastating drownings by always supervising your children around water, keep your kids within an arm’s reach and never leave them alone around water, not even for a minute. 

May 22

Stay Safe on Vacation

Posted on May 22, 2018 at 9:47 AM by Adam Rosen

This is the time of year when residents begin to think of their summer plans, where to go and what to do. Keep summer safety in mind as you plan so you can enjoy your outings and protect your belongings.

  • Cancel any newspapers or other monthly deliveries. Piled up papers, flyers or packages are a sure sign that you are not home.
  • Do not advertise you are on vacation by posting your activities on social media.  Wait until you return to share the fun. Advise your children to do the same.
  • Disable your GPS applications on your mobile device so your location is not displayed.
  • Ask a trusted neighbor or family member to keep an eye on your house when you are away.  Have them pick up any flyers or packages and ask them to park a vehicle in your driveway if possible.
  • If you are away for an extended period of time, arrange for your landscaping to be maintained.  Large weeds and overgrown grass are another sign that no one is home.
  • Use timers to turn your lights on and off as if someone was home.
  • Disable your garage door opener.
  • Do not store jewelry or keys in predictable places (master bedroom drawer, jewelry box, key hook) or in plain view. If you have high value items, consider a safe deposit box.
  • Double check to make sure all of your doors and windows are closed and locked before you leave. 

The Peoria Police Department wants you to enjoy your summer travels.