The City of Mason is proud to be named the 4th Best Place to Live for Families in the United States by Fortune Well and the only community in the State of Ohio ranked in the top 25! Fortune’s ranking focused on families, particularly the subset of Americans referred to as the “sandwich generation” who are shouldering the responsibilities of raising their own children while caring for aging parents.
This recognition is a result of the City of Mason’s continuous commitment to building a culture of wellness in the community that supports active lifestyles for all ages. In partnership with TriHealth, the region’s leading health care provider, the City of Mason will be celebrating this achievement throughout 2023 with monthly offerings and activities aimed at building a healthier and stronger community.
Safety is a very important aspect to the City of Mason’s mission of building a culture of wellness in the community. While the summer season provides ample opportunity for community members to enjoy the outdoors, it is crucial to recognize the importance of outdoor safety to ensure everyone remains safe and healthy all summer long. Throughout the month of June, the City of Mason is encouraging the community to be safe while having fun with family and friends to guarantee a memorable summer season!
As part of the City’s culture of wellness, the City of Mason Fire Department hosts CPR/AED training on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CPR/AED trainings provide the public with an opportunity to receive CPR certification from the American Heart Association. During this class, participants will learn ways to stay calm during a medical emergency as well as adult and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the proper operation of an automated external defibrillator (AED). This class also teaches participants where the 36 AEDs are located throughout the City to help spread awareness in case of an emergency. To learn more and register for an upcoming training, click here. Classes take place at Fire Station 51, located at 4420 Mason Montgomery Road.
The City of Mason currently owns and maintains 36 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) located in City facilities and parks. AEDs are serviced annually to ensure proper function with additional checks throughout the year conducted by Mason Fire Department Staff.
AEDs are used for those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest symptoms include a sudden collapse, no pulse, no breathing, and loss of consciousness. If cardiac arrest occurs, treatment with a medical device can be life-saving. AEDs can be found near the restrooms at Corwin M. Nixon Park, Makino Park, Mason Sports Park, Pine Hill Lakes Park and Sundin Fields at Heritage Oak Park. If you’re golfing at the Grizzly Golf and Social Lodge, find a ranger or visit the Great 18 Bar and Grill.
Grow your confidence and skill in self-protection through the City of Mason Police Department’s PROTECT Women’s Self Defense Program. This FREE class will take place on Tuesday, June 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. inside the Community Room at the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center located at 6249 Mason Montgomery Road. Trained police officers will teach women how to remain alert, diligent and confident to ensure their safety in any situation that they may encounter. The course focuses on educating and empowering women by improving situational awareness and helping women predict, identify, and avoid situations where harmful intent may be present. This training also teaches basic self-defense that can be used when avoiding dangerous situations may not be possible. To learn more about this class or to register, click here.
The City of Mason is committed to teaching residents of all ages how to be safe in the water through the use of Mason’s aquatic amenities. As part of this commitment, the City of Mason is hosting a FREE Community Swim Clinic focused on parent and toddler safety. The clinic will take place on Wednesday, June 14 at the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center from 10 to 11 a.m. While there is no cost to participate, registration is required. For more information and registration for the event, click here.
The City of Mason will continue to host free community swim clinics throughout the summer season. On July 12, the clinic will focus on Beach Safety and on August 16, the clinic will focus on triathlon and open water safety. All clinics will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center. Registration is required.
To help keep the community safe, the City of Mason has collected a few general outdoor safety tips to keep in mind while participating in activities this summer:
Extreme Heat Safety Tips
- Check the forecast. If extreme heat is anticipated, dress appropriately, wear sunscreen and prepare to stay hydrated.
- Never leave pets or people in the car. Leaving anyone in a parked car on warm days is very dangerous.
- Drink water. Keep you, your children and your pets hydrated. Drink fluids regardless of how active or thirsty you are.
- Avoid strenuous activity. Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it’s coolest: morning and evening hours. Take frequent breaks in shady areas so your body has a chance to recover.
Tornado Safety Tips
- When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors. The safest place to be during a thunderstorm or tornado watch is indoors and away from windows.
- Turn on Emergency Alerts on your cell phone. Emergency alerts are issued when an imminent threat to public safety or life is possible.
- Be alert to changing weather conditions. Consider downloading a weather app to your cell phone to help alert you to severe weather conditions approaching or already in the area.
- Listen for the Outdoor Warning Sirens. The City of Mason currently has ten outdoor warning sirens that are activated by the Warren County Communications Center. The purpose of the system is to serve as an early warning device to alert citizens that are outside to take shelter indoors and see additional information immediately. The sirens are not designed to be relied upon to provide sufficient warning for those indoors or in noisy areas.
- Always be alert and aware of the people around you.
- Whenever possible, travel with a friend.
- Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible.
- Always use sidewalks when possible. If no sidewalks are available, walk facing oncoming traffic as far left as possible.
- Always cross within designated crosswalks.
Water Safety Tips
- Learn basic swimming and water safety skills. Formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning. Learn more about swim lessons at Mason Community Center.
- Supervise Closely. Designate a responsible adult to supervise closely and constantly when children are in or near water. Adults should supervise children closely even when lifeguards are present.
- Wear a life jacket. Life jackets reduce the risk of drowning while boating for people of all ages and swimming abilities.
- Build fences that fully enclose pools. Construct and use a four-sided fence that is at least four feet in height and fully encloses the pool and separates it from the house.
Grill & Campfire Safety Tips
- Place your grill away from your house or any other structure. Never grill inside or in an enclosed area.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill while it is in use.
- Clean your grill after each use to remove grease that can potentially cause a fire.
- Keep recreational campfires at least 25 feet away from any structure or anything that can burn.
- Campfires should be no bigger than 3 feet in width and 2 feet in height.
- Clear away dry leaves and sticks as well as overhanding low branches and shrubs.
- An adult should be present at a campfire at all times. Watch children and pets at all time while the campfire is burning.
- Always have a hose, bucket of water, dirt , sand or an extinguisher available on hand to put out a fire.
These are just a few smart safety tips to keep in mind while spending time outdoors this summer. It is always best to plan ahead and make smart decisions to ensure residents stay safe this summer.
It is important to practice outdoor safety while golfing to guarantee that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience. While on the golf course, it is important to be alert and aware of your surroundings; making sure to look out for any golf balls in the air and divots in the grass. Golfers should always stay hydrated while on the course, especially on hot summer days.
Most importantly, have fun! The Grizzly Golf and Social Lodge has tons to offer this summer, whether you are hitting on the green or socializing at the Great 18 Bar & Grill.
The City of Mason is fortunate to have a strong partnership with leading health care provider, TriHealth. The City of Mason and TriHealth have come together to promote wellness throughout the community and this month is focusing on TriHealth’s sun safety and skin health tips. Check out the below infographics provided by TriHealth medical professionals on how to protect your skin from the sun.
Detect Skin Cancer: Body Mole Map
Thank you, Mason residents and businesses, for continuing to support the City’s mission of building a culture of wellness and the complement of recreational amenities offered in the Mason community! For more information, please contact the City of Mason at email@example.com or by phone at 513.229.8500.
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