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As it is an island, Nantucket is a very safe place to visit. Having said this, there are certain precautions that one should take when traveling to any summer destination. Be sure to pack lots of sunscreen and supervise children when swimming. Visitors need to be very aware of the dangers posed by deer ticks - such as Lyme disease, etc. Take a moment when you return from the beach or out walking out of town to make sure you don't have any ticks on you. There's no need to be hyper paranoid - just take reasonable precautions.
Many people visit Nantucket for the boating and water activities. With this there are certain inherent dangers that go along with spending time in the water. If on a boat, make sure to always wear a life jacket. If swimming, make sure to do so in life guarded areas, or along with people who are good swimmers. Visit the American Red Cross website for more useful water safety tips.
The Nantucket police department is very helpful and will assist in most situations. Their phone number (508) 228-1212. Dial 911 for any emergency. Their main office is located at:
20 South Water Street, Nantucket, MA 02554
Visit the Nantucket Police Website for more information.