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Posted on: June 1, 2020

June is Summer Safety Month


June is the official start of summer and a good opportunity to consider summer safety. The City of Carbondale Office of Emergency Management would like to share the following tips:

Vacation Safety Tips:

  • Pack a travel-size emergency supply kit with water, snacks, a first-aid kit, flashlight, small battery-operated radios, extra batteries and an emergency contact card with names and phone number you’d need if disaster strikes.
  • Pack extra supplies of critical items, such as prescription medications and baby formula, in case your return is delayed by a disaster.
  • If traveling by car, check the forecast for your entire route before and during your trip. Weather conditions can change drastically, especially if thunderstorms are expected.

Heat Safety Tips:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Find air conditioning
  • Avoid strenuous activities

Outdoor Activities Safety

  • Know your limits
  • Bring a First Aid Kit
  • When participating in activities such as rollerblading, bicycling, hiking or canoeing wear the appropriate protective gear: sturdy shoes, helmet, lifevest.

Lightning Safety

  • If the weather forecast calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity.
  • Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors. Find a safe, enclosed shelter.
  • If no shelter is available, crouch low, with as little of your body touching the ground as possible. Lightning causes electric currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly over 100 feet away.

For more information, please visit the National Safety Council.

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