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Safe Fun in the Sun: It's Summer Safety Week

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Safe Fun in the Sun: It\'s Summer Safety Week

It’s summer safety week. Stay safe and sound while still enjoying your favourite summer activities.

It may not feel like it in some parts of the country (hello again, good ol’ Vancouver rain …) but summer really is just around the corner. And since May 1 to 7 is Summer Safety Week, we’ve compiled our best articles to keep you safe and sound while still enjoying your favourite summer activities.

Sun and heat safety

  • There’s no need to fear the sun if you’re prepared. Our recent article “Your Best Summer Skin” will help you protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays and keep your skin beautiful all summer long. Learn how to beat the heat and avoid heat stroke.
  • Did you know that the temperature of a car in the sun on a hot day can soar to 122 F (50 C) in only 20 minutes? Check out Canada Safety Council’s website to learn about the dangers of hot cars, and how car owners can keep their loved ones safe.
  • Heat and pollution can take a toll on vulnerable groups, such as children, seniors, and those with asthma. Follow Health Canada’s tips for staying safe when faced with summer air pollution.

Minor bumps, bruises, and bug bites

  • Stock up on natural remedies for simple cuts, scrapes, and insect stings. But keep in mind that any serious injury needs to be looked at by a professional.
  • Lessen the risk of bug bites with these tips from Health Canada.

Trampolines, bikes, and playgrounds

  • Backyard trampolines lead to many childhood injuries every year (50 annually are treated at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario alone, says the Canada Safety Council). Check out these tips from the Canada Safety Council for keeping kids safe on trampolines.
  • Bikes, scooters, skateboards, and rollerblades are all summer staples, but if the proper safety precautions aren’t taken, there can be devastating results. Check out these tips to “Roll Safely” and prevent brain injury.
  • Taking your kids to the neighbourhood playground? You may be guilty of doing one specific thing that puts your child at risk for tibia fractures. Find out what it is in our recent blog post. 

Water safety

  • According to the Canada Safety Council, “Drowning is the second leading cause of preventable death for children under 10 years of age.” They offer tips on how to stay safe while swimming and spending time at the beach, pool, or other bodies of water.

For more tips, check out Health Canada.

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