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Safety Extends to Volunteers, too.

By: Theresa Trant

I just came back from a long weekend in Lac La Biche where they were celebrating 50 years of their Pow Wow Days festival.  They had three action-packed days, including a fishing derby, baseball and slo-pitch tournaments, fish fry, sailboat races, a triathlon, rodeo and of course, the mid-way. The town was packed and there were hundreds of volunteers making sure everything ran smoothly and we all had a good time.

Thinking about all the amazing festivals in this great province made me think about volunteer safety. We spend a fair bit of time talking about worker safety, but what about volunteer safety? Are volunteers in the same class as workers when it comes to safety?  Yes, they are! Risk of injury as a volunteer can be just as real as that of a paid employee.

Are you volunteering at a festival this summer? If so:

  • Ask your volunteer supervisor/captain about safety practices.
  • Inspect any tools you are working with to ensure they have a safety guard and are not damaged.
  • Read instructions or ask for assistance if you are working with any tools you are not familiar with.
  • If you are volunteering outside keep an eye on the sky. Bad weather can come up quickly and put you at risk of injury.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Keep yourself hydrated.
  • Ensure your work area stays clean to avoid any hazards which may cause injury.
  • Keep an eye on your co-volunteers to ensure they are also practicing safety.
  • Trust your gut.  Does the task assigned to you feel safe?  If not, stop, think and talk to your supervisor.

Volunteers are important. Safety is important. Both make our festivals great!

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