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The true north strong (and safe) and free…

By Melissa Babcock

It’s a day of red, white and maple leafs as far as the eye can see. On July 1, Canadians from British Columbia to Newfoundland come together to celebrate Canada’s birthday, with the Great White North turning 148 years young this year.

Canada Day traditions vary, from backyard barbecues to city-wide celebrations to fireworks. But no matter what your plans are for the day, it’s important to keep safety in mind. An injury or illness is a surefire way to put a damper on your holiday. Who wants to spend Canada Day in the emergency room? Exactly.

So how can you make sure your Canada Day passes without incident? Here are a few tips:

  • Travel carefully. Most of the Canada Day celebrations in larger cities take place in and around the downtown area, which means the streets and sidewalks are typically clogged with people trying to get to where the fun is. So be mindful of crowds while you’re out and about (whether in a car or on foot) and allow yourself extra time to get to your destination.
  • Don’t waste the holiday sick in bed. If you’re planning or attending a Canada Day barbecue, make sure all the food is being handled and prepared correctly, that raw meat is stored properly and use clean utensils to avoid cross contamination. Nothing says ‘the party’s over’ like food poisoning.
  • Here comes the sun. If we’re lucky enough to have hot, sunny weather on July 1 and you plan to spend a chunk of the day outside, make sure you drink plenty of water, use copious amounts of sunscreen and wear a hat. You don’t want to miss the fireworks because you’ve come down with heat stroke.

From the Heads Up team, have a safe and happy Canada Day!

Oh Canada, our home and native land…

Oh Canada, our home and native land…

With summer upon us, do you have any tips for staying safe over the holidays? Leave a comment or tweet us @HeadsUpAB!

 

Sources:

http://www.consumerprotectionbc.ca/blog/item/155-tips-on-being-safe-this-canada-day

http://ottawa.ca/en/news/city-provides-health-and-safety-tips-canada-day-celebrations

http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/eating-nutrition/safety-salubrite/tips-conseils/barbecue-eng.php

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