Helpful Information from Mariposa County Fire Department
Special Summer Note:
Mariposa County Fire Department would like to remind you of the dangers in leaving children, animals and the elderly in closed vehicle, especially as the weather gets hotter. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a locked car sitting in the summer sun quickly turns into an oven, and temperatures can climb from 78 degrees to 100 degrees in just three minutes, to 125 degrees in 6-8 minutes. Parking in the shade, cracking windows open and tinted windows do not make a difference in the interior temperature of a closed car, according to pediatric researchers.
Kids and Adults are at great risk for heat stroke, which can lead to a high fever, dehydration, seizures, stroke and death. Animals do not sweat so their body temperature heats up quickly making them at risk of overheating (hyperthermia), heatstroke and death. Think that quick trip back into the house to get that forgotten item will be ok?... Think again... Even five minutes locked in a car when it's hot outside endangers children, adults and pets.
PLEASE USE CAUTION!!!
Vegetation fires are preventable if you follow some basic safety rules:
- Do your property clearing before 10 A.M.
- When driving, if you need to pull off the road, do not park in dry vegetation.
- Don't leave candles unattended.
- Make sure to properly dispose of all cigarette butts.
And remember, fireworks are illegal throughout Mariposa County year round.
Mariposa County Fire Department would like to remind you to limit possible distractions that could take your attention away from driving. When driving at high speeds on our mountain roads it is of the utmost importance you concentrate on the roads, your vehicle and the weather conditions. A distraction of just a split second can be disastrous.