As our kids count down the days until summer break, and pollen settles on all the surfaces of Madison, I would like to address summer safety. Many of us are no strangers to Alabama heat, but it is always wise to be prepared for the unexpected.

Let’s start with pool safety ABCs. Our fire department teaches this acronym for keeping our kids safe around water:

  • Adult supervision. Even if there are lifeguards present at your pool, always keep a loving eye on your kids near water.
  • This one is particularly important for our little Madisonians. Keep locked gates around your pools.
  • Dublin Park offers swim lessons for all ages, and CPR classes are also readily available in our area. Make sure you and your family know what to do in an emergency situation. Visit for more information.

Unfortunately, crime rates increase as the weather gets warmer. Last year, our parks and trailheads were hot spots for thieves taking advantage of unlocked cars. Our police department recommends always locking your car doors and advises against keeping valuables in your vehicles. It is easier to prevent theft than it is to recover stolen objects.

Temperatures at the peak of summer can also be dangerous. Always hydrate while working outside. If possible, do your yard work during the cooler parts of the day. Also keep in mind the safety of your pets during hot weather; our Madison dog parks have watering stations to help our furry friends beat the heat. You can find a full list of parks and trailheads to enjoy at

Never hesitate to call 911 if you need assistance. Our firefighters are qualified EMTs, and our police officers are also trained in first-aid response. These public servants are always willing to lend a helping hand.

I hope you enjoy your days at the swimming at the pools, hiking Rainbow Mountain, watching the fireworks at Dublin park, grilling in your back yard and everything else this warm weather offers your family – all with a little safety in mind!