Safety Bulletin


♥ Ticks
Ticks (including deer ticks) can carry the bacteria for Lyme Disease, may be quite tiny, as small as the period at the end of this sentence. They live in the vegetation. Protect yourself from contact with ticks by remaining on the boardwalks or beach. Dress in light-colored long sleeved clothing and tuck your pants into your socks. Use repellent if desired (available at the Watch Hill & Sailors Haven General Stores). Always check your body thoroughly and repeatedly after possible exposure and remove promptly.  Check for bites and symptoms of disease(s); consult health care provider if observed.  More information about identifying and protecting yourself against ticks is available at the ranger station.
♥ Mosquitoes
While Fire Island is known for it’s pristine beaches and ocean waters, the environment can be a harsh place for visitors. Mosquitoes are very common on Fire Island and not being prepared can ruin your vacation. Salt marsh mosquitoes are prevalent on Fire Island and can be a nuissance throughout the warmer months, especially when large amounts of salt marsh mosquitoes hatch at the same time within 7 to 10 days of a full or new moon. Although salt marsh mosquitoes do not transmit diseases, these large hatches can chase off the most rugged of visitors. When visiting the park, check the lunar cycle to estimate a large salt marsh mosquito hatch and try your best to avoid it.  Here’s what You Can Do To Avoid Mosquitoes. Safely apply appropriate insect repellents (28-30% DEET or citronella, available at the Watch Hill & Sailors Haven General Stores).  Wear a hat, long sleeves, pants and socks or net “bug out” suits when in mosquito habitat to keep mosquitoes away from your skin.  Time your outdoor activities to avoid when mosquitoes are most active during dawn or dusk.  Check your surroundings for sources of stagnant water (gutters, birdbaths, septic systems, buckets and open containers, tarps, puddles) that provide breeding habitat for freshwater mosquitoes..
♥ Poison Ivy
Poison ivy is plentiful on Fire Island. Stay on the boardwalk trails and established dune crossings to avoid contact with this three-leafed plant. If you do touch poison ivy, wash with soap and water immediately to help prevent the rash.
♥ Sunscreen
Sunscreen is recommended, even on overcast days.
♥ Wildlife
Feeding or harassing wildlife is illegal. It interferes with natural processes and teaches wild animals unsafe behaviors. Keep foods protected from animals. Report any wildlife problems to a Ranger.
♥ In Case of Emergency
Report any emergency to a Ranger or lifeguard. First aid stations are located at the dune station and visitor center.