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A storm-free summer continues — but don't let the calm weather fool you. The annual hurricane season, which includes tropical storms, began June 1st and ends on November 30th. And the peak season occurs between mid-August and October. These dangerous and destructive weather systems often produce high-force winds, heavy rain, and tornadoes. Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are predicting an above-normal hurricane season due partly to an ongoing La Niña and above-average temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean.

This year, forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are predicting an above-normal hurricane season due partly to an ongoing La Niña and above-average temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean.

Before a storm hits, follow these tips provided by Mass.gov to prepare ahead of time.

Wednesday, 06 July 2022 18:44

Summer Water Safety for Everyone

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Tips for people of all ages to stay safe in and around water

As the summer season heats up, one of the first things we think about is cooling off in the water. Water is refreshing and fun, but it’s essential to know how to stay safe in and around water to prevent accidental drownings.

Drowning is swift and silent — there may be little splashing or cries for help. It can take as few as 20 seconds to sink below the water and only minutes to drown whether around a pond, lake, river, ocean, or pool. Learn how you can keep your family, especially children, safe and prevent drownings with these water safety tips from Mass.gov.

Learn to swim and be prepared for an emergency

  • Learn how to swim. If you can’t swim or aren’t a strong swimmer, keep to shallow areas or use a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  • Swim with a buddy and never alone, even if you’re a strong swimmer.
  • Learn CPR. The American Red Cross offers a wide selection of CPR/AED, first aid, lifeguarding, swimming and water safety, caregiving, disaster response, and emergency preparedness training. Find information on CPR classes.
  • Keep a cellphone nearby and know where you are in case you need to call for help.
Monday, 09 May 2022 21:04

Fire Pit Safety in Massachusetts

Are you ready for fire pit season?

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer in Massachusetts and people are preparing to gather outdoors again. The focal point at many gatherings will be a warm, inviting fire pit.

If you plan to add a fire pit, chiminea, or outdoor fireplace to your yard for the first time, make sure to check with your local fire department first. Some communities in Massachusetts allow for cooking fires only; other cities and towns may require a permit for permanent fire pits.

Whether you are new to fire pits or you have years of experience, take a few minutes to become familiar with Massachusetts fire pit regulations as well as fire safety considerations and placement recommendations.

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