| By Robert L. Newton
Enid Lake Park Ranger
Enid Lake Water Safety
Water Safety is a top priority at Enid Lake. Enid has been intensely focusing on new ideas to present water safety to our visiting public.
Over the past several weeks Enid Lake Park Rangers have been creating and enhancing a water safety puppet show. The puppet show involves five puppets: Park Ranger Edith Enid, Katie the catfish, Beverly the beaver, Travis the turtle, and Freddy the frog.
These puppets present a unique way to talk with children and parents about the importance of water safety. During the show Park Ranger Edith Enid and her friends sing songs and present valuable water safety tips about swimming, boating, diving, inflatable toys, adult supervision, the buddy system, and the importance of wearing your life jacket or Personal Floatation Device (PFD).
Enid Lake Rangers have performed the puppet show for Pope Elementary students and to visitors at Grenada Lakes’ Thunder on Water Event. If anyone is interested in acquiring information, or would like to have the show performed please contact Mike Robinson at the Enid Lake Field Office.
Last summer the Enid Lake Field Office teamed with the University of Mississippi’s Head Football Coach, Ed Orgeron, and Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Producer J. Stern for the production of a water safety commercial. In the commercial Coach Orgeron provides water safety tips such as: never swim alone, children always have adult supervision, and always wear your life jacket.
On Thursday, June 8, Colonel Anthony Vesay, Vicksburg District Commander, presented Coach Orgeron, and J. Stern The Commanders Award for Public Service. Colonel Vesay presented Coach Orgeron and J. Stern this award for their exceptional performance in the production of the water safety commercial in June 2005.
Coach "O" stated, "Water Safety is very important to me. I had a brother who drowned and anything that I can do to help save someone else is well worth the time and effort." The commercial is now aired on local cable networks in the surrounding communities.
Presently, the Vicksburg District is partnering with Professional Fisherman Bill Dance of Bill Dance Outdoors in the production of a unique water safety commercial. The commercial will be airing on local cable networks throughout the Vicksburg District, which includes parts of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas.
West Nile Virus
As temperatures begin to reach the high 90’s throughout the afternoon, late evening outdoor activities become more popular.
As with any other activities hazards are always present. Beating the heat is a smart choice, but one must not forget the hazards that buzz around during the late evening hours. Mosquitoes are not only pesky and annoying, and leave you scratching to high heaven if bitten, but can also pose a serious illness.
The West Nile Virus is primarily transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, and avoiding these pesky insects is the best way to prevent infection. Mosquitoes are most active in the afternoon and evening hours. Special precautions should be taken if you are outdoors this time. Protecting you and your family from mosquito bites can be very simple by following these few helpful tips.
Mosquito repellants with DEET should be a top priority item when planning an outdoor activity. Adults should use repellants with 30 percent DEET, and lower concentrations of DEET for children. Never use DEET on infants. Parents should contact their physician for recommendations for repellants to use on children less than two years of age. Persons should always read the label and follow the instructions on the label when applying DEET. DEET products will usually repel mosquitoes for several hours. Wearing long sleeve, long leg clothing with socks when participating in outdoor activities in the afternoon and evening hours is another great way to reduce mosquito bites.
Keeping campsites or areas of outdoor activities clean is also a great way to keep a mosquito free area. By disposing of tin cans, plastic containers, or other water holding containers, and by closing garbage can lids reduces standing water, and decreases mosquito breeding sites.
Whether you’re camping, going to the beach, boating or planning a late afternoon barbeque always keep safety your number priority. For more information on the Enid Lake Water Safety Puppet Show, water safety commercials or helpful outdoor safety tips please contact the Enid Lake Field Office at 662-563-4571.