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Sheriff Gregory Tony

A Message from Sheriff Gregory Tony:

Water sports, outdoor events, and cookouts are just a few reasons why summer in South Florida is my favorite time of year. Whether enjoying some fun in the sun, on land, or in the water, follow these safety reminders so you and your loved ones can beat the heat safely.

Heat-related illnesses are of great concern, especially as temperatures rise. Remember to hydrate.

Common symptoms of heat exhaustion may include excessive sweating, pale and moist skin, muscle cramps, dizziness, rapid heart rate, nausea, or vomiting. If you experience any symptoms of heat-related illnesses, seek shade or go indoors and hydrate with water. If symptoms are severe or worsen, seek medical attention quickly or call 911.

Heat-related tragedies are avoidable! As outdoor temperatures rise, the temperatures inside your vehicle can be more than 50 degrees hotter. Remember:

  • NEVER leave your child or small pet alone in a vehicle. 
  • LOOK before you lock the door of a parked car.
  • CALL 911 if you see someone locked in a car.

Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death for children ages one to five. When you are in or around water, follow these important safety reminders to keep your family safe:

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  • Young children should always be supervised by a responsible adult. 
  • Adults should avoid all distractions and actively monitor kids in the water.
  • Keep small children within arm’s reach.
  • Install “child-proof” fencing, locks, alarms, or sensors to keep children from entering pool areas.
  • Teach your kids how to swim or float on their backs for air.
  • Be sure rescue equipment and a telephone are nearby in the event of an emergency.
  • Learn CPR.

I want to share with you some valuable resources. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue Public Education Unit offers free virtual CPR classes. Sign up online at bsofirerescuepubliceducation.as.me. Take advantage of a free swim coupon from SWIM Central to help offset the cost of swim lessons for children ages six months to five years. Coupons are available online at watersmartbroward.org/programs/kids-swim-coupon for all Broward County residents. 

Traveling this summer? Keep vacation photos and plans private until you return. Posting on social media or letting others know you will be away may give potential burglars an opening to break into your home. Also, take advantage of BSO’s Vacation Watch Program to help keep an eye on your home while you are away. This FREE program offers residents the opportunity to have their homes checked on by a deputy, community service aide, or volunteer. To participate, please call your local BSO district office. Visit sheriff.org for more information. 

This summer is an opportunity for us to enjoy some much-needed relaxation and fun. Follow these safety tips to help keep your summer safe and memorable.

Service Equals Reward.

Sheriff Gregory Tony

Certain Broward cities like Coconut Creek, Hallandale Beach, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, Plantation, Davie, Margate, Miramar, Lauderhill, Lighthouse Point, and Coral Springs maintain their police departments; however, BSO does provide communications and dispatch services to the following cities: Central Broward, Cooper City, Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Ft Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Airport, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Park, West Park, Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Tamarac, Weston and unincorporated West Broward.

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