Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 788 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops – 96, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle – 54, Property Damage Crashes – 40, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assist – 34, Traffic Violations – 34, Traffic Hazards – 32, Check Well Beings – 29, Fireworks Complaints – 28, Alarms – 21, Car/Deer Accidents – 19, Domestic Disputes – 19, Shoplifting Complaints – 19, Civil Complaints – 16, Property Damage Hit and Run – 12, Larcenies – 11, and Unwanted Subject – 7.
Splashing, wading, and paddling — it must mean a great day in the water. Playing at the beach, at a water park, by a lake, or in a pool can be a real treat on a hot day. Swimming is a lot of fun and great family memories can be made. Here are some water safety reminders:
- Pools are awesome, but remember that a pool’s sides and bottom are usually made of concrete, A slip or fall could be painful and dangerous.
- Always look at the depth numbers on the side of a pool before your kids jump in and only dive off the diving board. Never dive off the side of the pool unless the water is deep enough.
- Test the pool’s water temperature before you plunge in. Cold water can shock your body.
- Always have an adult watching when kids are in any pool. If your kids are just learning to swim, keep them in the shallow end.
- Gates are around pools for a reason. Never go through any pool gates when they are closed.
- Always obey pool rules and swim with a buddy.
- When kids are learning to swim, make sure their flotation devices are Coast Guard-approved.
- Walk slowly in the pool area. Don’t run, push or jump on others.
- Toys to help kids float when they’re playing come in many shapes and sizes (an inner tube, air mattress, or beach ball). Although they’re fun and can help you while you learn to swim, what they can’t do is save a life.
- Don’t chew gum or eat while you swim — you could choke.
Lakes and Ponds:
- Remember, you can’t always see the bottom of the lake or pond, so you don’t always know the depth of the water.
- Be sure kids wear something to protect their feet, some ponds and lakes may hide jagged rocks, broken bottles, or trash. Also, don’t let them swim in weeds and grass. These can trap even a good swimmer.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich