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Tips for Staying Safe and Healthy in the Warmer Months

Baseball, soccer, swimming, biking, hiking, golf and gardening are back on the schedule. Will you be a fan or a participant? Get outside and do what you enjoy, but take precautions where necessary.

  • Pool Safety
  • Sun Safety
  • Tick-borne Disease Protection
  • Mosquito-borne Disease Protection
  • Rabies Protection
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Food Safety
  • Extreme Heat Protection

Be Pool Smart

To learn about the signs of drowning, tips to prevent drowning, where to go to learn CPR and more, check out our “Be Pool Smart” brochures. Help us prevent drowning injuries and deaths by printing and sharing these tips with your community.

Practice Sun Safety

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all types of cancer; it outnumbers all other cancers combined. On any day, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Protect yourself and your family from the sun’s harmful rays. Remember, tanned skin is damaged skin.

Share our information on preventing skin cancer.

Prevent Tick-Borne Illnesses

Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis and other illnesses. Did you know that a tick must stay on the body for 36 hours to transmit Lyme disease? Check yourself and your children and pets for ticks every day, especially if you have been spending time in grassy or wooded areas. Help us spread the word about personal protection by sharing this brochure with your community.

Prevent Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

As the birds and bees start to come out again, so do mosquitoes. Some varieties of mosquito (such as the Culex pipiens-restuans or Northern House Mosquito) can cause West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Take practical precautions to reduce the numbers of mosquitoes breeding around your home. Let’s work together to protect our communities; share information with your neighbors by printing and distributing:

To learn more about the Suffolk County health department’s mosquito surveillance program, check out these videos:

Protect Your Family and Pets from Rabies

Rabies is most often seen among wild animals such as raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes, but any mammal can be infected with rabies virus, which is invariably fatal. Pets and livestock can get rabies if they are not vaccinated to protect them against infection.

  • Residents of all towns are asked to call the Information Line number -- 631-787-2200 -- to report raccoons that come into contact with humans or pets.
  • Suffolk County has increased surveillance of raccoons in the Towns of Huntington and Babylon and the Sound Beach area in the Town of Brookhaven. Residents of those towns are asked to report:
    • raccoons that come into contact with humans or pets
    • raccoons that are acting abnormally
    • raccoons that are dead for reasons other than motor-vehicle crash
  • If you have been exposed to a bat, follow CDC guidelines to have the bat captured and tested. Call the Suffolk County Rabies Information Line -- 631-787-2200.
  • Residents with general questions about rabies may visit: OR

See! Be Seen! Pedestrian Safety

Did you know? According to New York State Department of Transportation, Suffolk County ranked third among New York counties with a reported 2,340 pedestrian crashes. To be safe when walking, know the meaning of pedestrian signals, make yourself visible to drivers, avoid dangerous behaviors, and look before you step. Drivers should watch for pedestrians at all times, yield to pedestrians at crossings, observe speed limits and avoid aggressive maneuvers. To learn more, visit New York State Pedestrian Safety.

Be Food Safe

Did you know that it is not safe to eat a hamburger unless it is cooked to a temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit? The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds consumers to avoid foodborne illness by following four easy steps. Learn more here.

Plan Ahead for Extreme Heat

During a heat wave, try to stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed.

  • Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness.
  • Drink more water than usual.
  • Stay updated on local weather forecasts so you can plan activities safely when it’s hot outside.
  • Check on those most at-risk, such as elderly family members, twice a day.
  • For more information, visit the CDC Extreme Heat link.