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Category: Tips to Stay Safe

Desert Pests & Snake Bites

This month we will talk about desert pests. A pest can simply be a nuisance or can be dangerous.   Any bite from any of the creatures in this article should be seen by medical personnel for advice, consultation, or treatment. 

We hope that you will learn something new and something that will help you avoid a bite or injury from one of our desert neighbors. However, if you are bitten by any desert creature and are concerned contact your Professional Health Care Provider for medical guidance immediately.

“Only We Can Prevent Wildfires”

Wildfires, along with their tremendous toll of human lives and injury, property destruction, destruction of forests and eco and biosystems, have been all too common in recent years. It has become apparent to experts who study fires and to the millions of people who live in wildfire areas that these fires are, unfortunately, no longer uncommon. A multifaceted approach to wildfire management encompasses amongst many other goals, prevention of wildfires, training to assure firefighter expertise, and identifying populations and property most at risk in proximity to wildfire zones.

What is Your Plan?

Your ability to get out of your home during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and Advanced escape planning

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once a smoke alarm sounds. That is if your alarms are working!  Check your alarms monthly.  Smoke alarms should be present in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. You should have alarms on every level of the home. Bring everyone in your household together and “Make a Plan.” Walk through your home and inspect all the possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.

Home Swimming Pool Safety

Summer Swimming in your backyard pool or your friend’s backyard pool offers lots of fun especially for kids. Water safety for home pools is crucial.  Consider that 70% of all drownings are  happen when kids are not swimming. Kids wander into neighbors’ yards and fall into an unfenced in pool. Or they hop into a kiddie pool that has not been emptied from previous use or from rainwater.


  • Assign a designated Water Watcher.  Assuming that there are many adults watching the pool in effect makes no one responsible. Assigning a job as water watcher to a specific adult with a schedule of when the water watcher is relieved and by who is very effective. Water watcher tags are actually available for free online that makes clear who is watching.