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Summer Heat Safety Tips
By Mary White
M.A., SPHR
Reviewed by Terri Forehand RN

Summer heat can be dangerous - even deadly - if you don't take the proper precautions. According to Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Health and Public Safety, a publication of the Centers for Disease Control, heat exposure resulted in more than 8,000 deaths inside the United States between 1979 and 2003. With such a startling statistic, it's easy to see why it's so important to be aware of the risks associated with heat and to know how to stay safe in summer weather. Find out how to properly prepare for and protect yourself and your loved ones from soaring temperatures.

Basic Summer Heat Safety Tips

Soaring Temperatures

Everyone should follow these basic heat safety tips in order to avoid the dangers of heat exposure.

Keep these suggestions in mind:

  • During the hottest hours of the day, stay inside. If possible stay inside an air-conditioned building. The hottest hours of the day are typically from mid morning to mid afternoon.

  • Dress lightly, and when sleeping, use lightweight, breathable covers.

  • Drink plenty of water and other fluids. According to the Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stress page provided by the Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service, when temperatures climb above 90 degrees, it's important to drink at least a gallon of liquid per day, preferably water. Those who are overweight and in humid conditions needing even more.

  • Avoid drinking alcohol and beverages that are carbonated or contain caffeine when temperatures are high, as they can lead to dehydration.

  • Keep blinds and curtains closed from morning until the late afternoon to block extra direct heat from sunlight.

  • Move your exercise routine to early morning or later in the evening.

  • Never ever leave a person or a pet in the car in hot conditions while you run to do a quick errand. People and animals can succumb to heat exposure and death very quickly in a hot car. Cars can become overheated quickly and when overheated become like ovens. It's never safe.

  • Properly supervise children during outdoor play, being sure to monitor them closely and frequently.

  • Seek medical care right away if you become nauseous, start vomiting or experience cramps.

  • Stay on the lowest level of your home.

  • Use a fan. Don't place the fan directly in front of a window because it may push hot air in. Try placing the fan so that it blows in the room and out the window instead.

  • Use small appliances like slow cookers and tabletop grills rather than your traditional oven or stove to keep kitchen heat to a minimum.

  • Verify that seat belts and car seat restraints are not too hot before buckling yourself or anyone else into a car.

Water District Board increases Security Protection at Savannah Elementary

A new safety initiative put into place by the Denton County Fresh Water Supply District # 10 (DCFWSD #10) Board of Directors has increased safety and security for the children of Savannah Elementary. Denton ISD provides police coverage at most district middle schools and high schools but not at elementary schools. As we have seen recently in both local and national news, dangerous situations can occur at any school, even elementary campuses. These events in the news emphasize the importance of having a fully trained first responder present on campus to respond to any urgent situation or emergency.

In January 2013 the DCFWSD # 10 Board sent a letter to all residents in their monthly water bill asking for feedback on a $2.50/month increase to their water bill to provide police patrols at Savannah Elementary. A majority of residents responded in favor of the proposal and therefore the Board of Directors unanimously approved this initiative. During the first week of April 2013 this initiative was put into action, making Savannah the only elementary school in the district with a police officer stationed in and around the campus during school hours.

Mr. Michael McWilliams, the Principal at Savannah Elementary, says that he feels very fortunate to have so much support from the residents of Savannah. The officer’s presence has already made a strong impact. There have been a few instances where the officer was able to provide input to the staff regarding student behavior. Also, in May Savannah experienced a severe thunderstorm with dangerous winds in excess of 60 miles per hour. Many parents were very nervous about the situation due to the horrific tornado in Moore, Oklahoma the previous day. One parent at the school that day says she felt more at ease knowing the Officer was present on the campus, in case anything happened during the severe weather event.

There are presently four police officers that rotate shifts at the school. One of those officers is Chris True, a Texas State Certified Peace Officer and the Park Superintendent at Ray Roberts State Park. True says his experience with this program has been extremely positive. He states that the staff at Savannah Elementary has been very receptive and appreciative of his presence. His duties include: monitoring the doors and incoming visitors at the school, patrolling the exterior of the school, patrolling vehicle traffic in the school zones, crosswalks, and bus stops, maintaining visibility at community parks where children tend to gather after school, and providing advice to the staff on public safety matters if needed. True also enjoys interacting with the students. He was invited to speak to the 4th grade students during career week and he received a very sweet marriage proposal from one of the first graders! He says the students have been very welcoming and seem to really enjoy talking to all of the officers.

Michele Martin is the 2012 – 2013 President of the Savannah PTA and spends many hours volunteering at the school. She witnesses the impact the officers have on the students. She said the officers make a point of interacting with the students and often sit with them during lunch time. The students are unbelievably excited to have the officers spend time with them. Mrs. Martin says most parents she has spoken to are overwhelmingly supportive of the program. They believe the relationships being built by these officers will have a very positive influence in the children’s lives.

Tracy Goforth is a 4th grade teacher at Savannah Elementary and she says “it is nice to have the officers on campus as positive role models for the students as well as for protection.” Ms. Goforth says the children enjoy talking to the officers at lunch and on the playground. The students have told her that they feel safer and they think the officers are “cool”.

LaVonna Jackson is also a teacher at Savannah Elementary and has heard many good things from the students about the officers. She says “this is an amazing step forward for Savannah Elementary. As a parent and a teacher I could not ask for more. It is a total blessing!”

Principal McWilliams is very pleased with the results of this program so far and says he and his staff are very excited about having this in place again for the upcoming school year. He states that he and his staff are very appreciative of the community for taking steps to increase security at his school.

Phone numbers:
Emergencies: 911
Non emergencies: 940-349-1600

 

Savannah and Artesia Receive Improved Law Enforcement Patrols

The Denton County Sheriff's Office is the primary law enforcement agency for DCFWSD #10, and is responsible for providing full law enforcement services including emergency response, making arrests, etc.

In the event of an emergency, DCFWSD #10 residents are encouraged to call 9-1-1 and your call will be answered by the Denton County Sheriff's Office.
The Denton County Sheriff's Office non-emergency number is 940.349.1600. Website

Residents of DCFWSD #10 also benefit from an added level of law enforcement protection. Recognizing a need for community policing, the District contracted with armed, off duty, peace officers licensed by the State of Texas to provide a supplemental layer of law enforcement. The officers, most of whom are local to Denton County, patrol Savannah and Artesia on a variety of shifts that will vary depending on the season, community needs, and crime trends. Their primary responsibilities are to patrol Savannah and Artesia, identify potential criminal situations, stop a crime that is in progress, and work with the Denton County Sheriff's Office to address any law enforcement issues.

Previous law enforcement service contracts were shared with other communities, which greatly impacted the amount of time the patrols could spend in each community, and only provided services on certain days of the week. The new contract provides daily patrol services dedicated solely to Savannah and Artesia.

Phone numbers:
Emergencies: 911
Non emergencies: 940-349-1600