School has been out for a few weeks, Memorial Day has passed and even though the season does not officially start until June 21, it’s summertime in Williston.

This spring, the City of Williston’s Police Department sponsored radio ads reminding drivers to slow down, drive safely, and be on the lookout for more pedestrians – especially children playing outside or trying to cross the street – now that warmer weather has arrived. While long summer days bring more people outside, summer weather and specifically heat can be dangerous to you, your family, and your pets.

Remember to drink water regularly and never leave a child or a pet in a vehicle. On a hot day, the temperature inside your vehicle can quickly – in minutes even – raise to over 100 degrees. Know that if you plan on doing any sort of work outside, whether it’s for your job, exercise or simple recreation, to stay hydrated and when possible, go outside in the early morning or late evening when it’s a bit cooler. Make sure everyone in your family knows the signs of heat exhaustion and what to do.

While drinking water will definitely help you stay healthy this summer and avoid heat exhaustion and dehydration, don’t forget the sunscreen and make sure you’re paying attention to your surroundings. Ticks, mosquitoes, wasps, poison ivy, rattlesnakes and several other things you might find while out and about enjoying your summer can quickly ruin an otherwise wonderful season if you’re not careful and prepared.

The City of Williston does what it can to make sure our residents stay safe year-round, whether it’s hosting a safety event like the Bike Rodeo we had in May or reminding citizens about parking restrictions that ultimately make our neighborhoods safer, a lot of your summer safety is up to you. That said, if there’s something you’re interested in learning more about that might help you, your family, and our community have a safe summer, please feel free to write to me directly via the “Ask the Mayor” feature on the City of Williston’s website or email us at comments@ci.williston.nd.us.

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