SAFETY REMINDERS TO KEEP KIDS AND PETS SAFE THIS SUMMER

SAFETY REMINDERS TO KEEP KIDS AND PETS SAFE THIS SUMMER

             As the official start to summer arrives with the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to talk to their kids, be on guard against crime, and keep pets out of the searing summer heat.

             Summer months are typically spent enjoying the outdoors, and if those activities involve swimming, parents are urged to take their children to facilities that have full-time certified lifeguards. Swimming at private pools should only be done under close supervision.

             This is also the time to talk to your children about stranger danger.  Doña Ana County residents can also sign up for email notifications through the sheriff’s online sex offender notification system by visiting www.donaanacounty.org/sheriff.  Including your home, it is advised that you register for email notifications in areas that your children will be during the summer, such as parks, local pools, daycare facilities or summer camp locations.

            If your summer months include travel plans, it’s a good idea to always notify a neighbor that you will be away. Remember to leave lights on inside your home and near entryways and clear shrubbery from windows to keep them visible.

            As a reminder, pets or children should never be left unattended in parked cars. Temperatures inside a vehicle can rapidly rise to dangerous levels, creating a potentially deadly environment for pets and people. As an example, on an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, temperature will reach 120 degrees.

            To report an animal in distress from the heat or lack of shade or water, contact the Doña Ana County Animal Control Office via central dispatch, (575) 526-0795.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Public Information Communication Specialist Kelly Jameson at (575) 386-4302 or after hours at (575) 635-7168.