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July 4 services and safety information

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  July 2, 2013

In observance of Independence Day, the city of Scottsdale will close all administrative offices on Thursday, July 4. Here’s more information about other services and safety.

Trash and Recycling
Trash and recycling collection will not be affected. Place your containers in their usual spot the night before or morning of collection. Remember that collection begins earlier in the summer, so have your containers out by 5 a.m. the morning of collection or the night before. www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov/recycle.

Aquatic Centers
Cactus, Chaparral, Eldorado, and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers will all be open for public swim from 1 to 5 p.m.  There will not be swim lessons on July 4. Regular pool admission fees apply. www.scottsdaleaz.gov/sports/aquatics.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve will close at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, to reduce the threat of wild fires during the Independence Day holiday. Summer temperatures dry out vegetation and create an extreme fire threat that can endanger lives, property and the Valley’s fragile desert. The availability and popularity of fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday increases that threat. http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/News/06-27-2013-news.

The use of fireworks is prohibited in Scottsdale, but sales are permitted. Fireworks should not be used in Scottsdale – or anywhere near a natural desert environment. http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/fire/Fireworks.

Pets can become distressed by the additional noise, lights and commotion involved with Independence Day celebrations. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control offers these tips:
** Leave pets at home if you’re heading out to watch fireworks. Large crowds and noisy fireworks can frighten animals, including those that are typically calm.
** Keep pets indoors. Many pets are terrified of fireworks and loud celebrations. They may panic and jump over or dig under a fence to escape if scared. Create a safe haven for your pets in a quiet part of your home. Make sure they have food, water, bedding and a few favorite toys. Consider turning on a radio or television to help drown out the sound of fireworks and parties.
** Make sure your pet has current identification. 
** If your pets go missing, check to see if they’re at one of the two county animal shelters. Visit the two county animal shelters every two days if you’re pet goes missing. File missing pet reports at www.petharbor.com.

Heat Stress
The Scottsdale Fire Department responds to a number of medical calls related to Arizona’s high temperatures. People suffer heat-related illness when body temperatures become overloaded. The body normally cools itself by sweating, but under some conditions, sweating isn't enough. In such cases, body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs. Know the signs which include heavy sweating, paleness, headaches, nausea, dizziness, shallow breathing and rapid but weakened pulse rate.
To help avoid heat-related illnesses, remember these warm weather tips:
** Increase your fluid intake regardless of your activity level
** Drink two to four glasses of cool liquid like fruit juice each hour during heavy exercise
** Avoid very cold beverages because they can cause stomach cramps, drinks with alcohol or salt tables (unless directed by a doctor)
** Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide-brimmed hat
** Apply and reapply sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher and apply it 30 minutes before going outdoors
** Avoid hot foods and heavy meals as they add heat to your body. Also use your stove and oven less to maintain a cooler temperature in your home
** Do not leave infants, children or pets in a parked car
** Dress infants and children in cool, loose clothing and shade their heads and faces with a hat
** Limit sun exposure during the mid-day hours
** Rest frequently in a shady or air conditioned area

Wildland Fires
The tragic wildland fires raging in Arizona have touched us all – a reminders that we are in the thick of wildfire season. Take these precautions:
** If you live in a natural desert environment, create a 30-foot defensible space around your home.
** Remove perennial grasses and thin overgrown bushes.
** Remove dead branches from living trees and dead vegetation from the ground.
** Keep a rolled up garden hose with a nozzle attached to an outside hose valve connection.
For more wildland fire prevention information, visit http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/fire/wildlandfire.

Barbecue Safety
Each year, about 600 fires/explosions nationally occur with gas grills resulting in injuries to about 30 people. Follow these gas grill safety tips:
** Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.
** Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease
** Always keep propane gas containers upright
** Never store a spare gas container under or near the grill or indoors
** Never store or use flammable liquids, like gasoline, near the grill
** Never keep a filled container in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas pressure to increase, which may open the relief valve and allow gas to escape
Charcoal Grill Safety 
Each year, about 19 people die nationally as a result of carbon monoxide fumes from charcoal being burned inside. Follow these tips:
** Never burn charcoal inside of homes, vehicles, tents or campers. Charcoal should never be used indoors even if ventilation is provided
** Do not store the grill indoors with freshly used coals

If you’re planning to escape to the cool pines over the holiday, check out these camping and campfire safety tips: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/fire/camping.