Have fun, but stay safe

Have fun, but stay safe

The Peninsula is a wonderful place to visit. Pacific County Fire District No. 1 - based in Ocean Park and Seaview - and all other Peninsula emergency service providers want your stay to be an enjoyable one. Stayin' safe makes your visit so much nicer. It is sincerely hoped that you'll never be faced with any emergencies, but in case you do, here is some information that will be useful.

All emergency services can be reached by calling 9-1-1. As a visitor it is very important that you are aware of your surroundings and an address if you are staying in a vacation rental. If emergency service personnel can't find you, they can't help you.

The Peninsula shoreline is designated as a state highway. All drivers and vehicles must be licensed and insured just as on any other state highway. The speed limit is 25 mph, with extra caution to be taken for other vehicles, pedestrians and beach debris. The beach is patrolled frequently and all laws are strictly enforced. Reckless or careless driving will not be tolerated!

Recreational beach fires are permitted 50 feet west (that's towards the ocean) of the dune grass. Be aware of wind direction and be sure to completely extinguish the fire before leaving the area. Recreational and outdoor cooking fires are to be no more than 2 feet by 2 feet with seasoned wood or charcoal. If your fire gets out of control, you may be held personally responsible for the expense of containment!

If you have a vacation home on the Peninsula and are here to do some cleanup projects, remember that residential yard debris burning is permitted at various times and under certain conditions with a burning permit. Burning permits may be obtained free of charge at Jack's Country Store in Ocean Park, Pioneer Market in Long Beach, Seaview One Stop in Seaview and the Ocean Park Fire Hall. For a recorded message on burn conditions, call 665-3508.

Tsunami evacuation signs have been posted up and down the Peninsula in an effort to make people aware of evacuation routes. There may or may not be much warning time in such an emergency, so the best policy is to make your way to high ground as soon as possible, and pay close attention to emergency personnel as they are directing your movements.

In the event of an earthquake, be prepared to move to higher ground immediately, keeping clear of buildings, trees and power lines. Also be careful of damaged roads with gaps in the pavement. Do not call 9-1-1 and do not attempt to evacuate the Peninsula, there's not enough time or access roads to accommodate an evacuation. Everyone will just have to ride it out.

Waders and swimmers must be aware of frequent and treacherous rip tides (side currents) and undertows. Logs and other beach debris cannot be trusted to stay put and a perfectly stable-looking log can become a killer if a sneak wave lifts it up and rolls it over on someone. This, along with very low water temperature, (even in the summer) will get swimmers in trouble in no time at all. Children must be closely watched at all times, as lifeguards do not monitor the beaches! These waters are a beautiful sight to behold, but they are not user friendly. Surfing and belly boarding are not recommended. Even the most experienced surfers must approach the surf with extreme caution.

Have fun, but play it safe!!!

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