Summertime and the Great Outdoors
Tips for a fun & safe summer
California is famous for its warm climate and active residents, and Rancho Cucamonga is no exception. In fact, part of what makes living here particularly wonderful is that the beautiful weather is perfect for our wide array of outdoor activities. Whether you bike, hike, or walk, the City has plenty of trails and pathways to explore. Get outside this summer for some fun and relaxation. Check out all the great classes, outings, and recreational opportunities available to keep you and your family HealthyRC!
Hike in the Foothills
The foothills above Rancho Cucamonga offer picturesque hiking areas like the Etiwanda Preserve. If you decide to plan a trek, make sure to go prepared with sturdy shoes, weather appropriate layers, and sunscreen and drinking water to help you beat the heat. Remember to leave the land as you found it and take all plastic water bottles and trash home with you. Make sure to stick to designated trails. Wandering off established paths can be dangerous, and in some cases it's considered trespassing. As a reminder, the area commonly known as "Sapphire Falls" remains closed by the U.S. Forest Service and trespassers are subject to a hefty fine.
Cool Off in the Pool
A swimming pool can be a perfect way to cool off or get some great exercise on a hot summer day. For all of the fun they offer, it is important not to overlook the dangers pools present to small children or adults swimming alone. Just remember, safe swimming is as easy as A, B, C:
- Adult Supervision is key when kids are in the pool. Stay within arm's reach of your children and avoid distractions that take your eyes off the water. Adults should never swim alone either.
- Barriers such as isolation fencing should be installed around pools to protect kids from falling in or trying to swim without supervision.
- Classes in both CPR and swimming technique teach survival skills and make stronger swimmers. The Fire District offers monthly CPR classes. Visit the Fire District's website for details.
Grill Up a Tasty Meal
A homemade meal grilled on the BBQ in the sunshine tastes like summer. But if your grill master isn't careful, it can spell disaster. Like any piece of open flame or heating equipment, your grill presents the risk of fire so make sure to take precautions. Carefully place your BBQ away from your home and deck railings, and out from under eaves. Designate a 3-foot area around the grill as a kid- or pet-free zone. When grilling with charcoal, cool the coals completely with water before discarding them. If you live in an apartment, check the latest Fire Code restrictions for complexes on the Fire District website at www.RCFire.org.