Stay safe as summer heats up

Published 4:46 am Saturday, May 19, 2018

As the school year comes to an end and children are being dismissed for summer break, I remind everyone to be safe and drive cautiously as children will be out playing, riding bikes and enjoying the summer weather.

I also want to congratulate our graduating seniors and wish them all the best as they head out into the world. Some of our seniors may be preparing for college, others preparing for a career, and the rest still deciding. No matter where you are headed to in life, I want to say congratulations, good luck, and stay safe!

Of course, summer weather usually means higher temperatures, so remember these tips to beat the heat:

  • Take frequent water breaks. It is very important to be properly hydrated.
  • Apply sunscreen anytime you will be involved in outside activities.
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.
  • Seek medical attention immediately for any signs of heat-related illness

I also remind everyone traveling in a vehicle to always wear your seat belt and never drink and drive. Seat belt use is a most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Never drink and drive — instead, call on a designated driver to get you home safely. Not only do you risk your life when you drive impaired, you are putting other drivers and passengers at risk also.

Whether you are traveling our roadways, boating, camping, fishing or involved in any other activity, please remember to practice safety at all times. Obey speed limits and always be on the lookout for children at play and crossing the streets.

I, along with all of the staff of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, want all of our residents and visitors to have a safe and enjoyable summer.

I am so pleased to be your Sheriff and remind all citizens that your Sheriff’s Office is never more than a phone call away. If you need us at any hour of the day or night, call (985) 839-3434. In the event of an emergency, you can call 911.

Randy Seal is the sheriff of Washington Parish.