British Columbia Safety Council

British Columbia Safety Council

July 23, 2009 12:27 ET

British Columbia Safety Council: Put Safety First This BC Day Long Weekend

Because Injury Is No Accident

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 23, 2009) - Long weekends can mean camping, swimming, boating trips and fun in the sun. While all these activities create lasting summer memories, they all share the potential for injury. If you're heading out to camping - or just relaxing at home - the British Columbia Safety Council asks you to consider these important safety tips.

Driving

- Plan ahead and be realistic about travel times. Allow extra time for possible delays that may occur due to increased traffic volume over the long weekend.

- Check the condition of your vehicle to ensure it is equipped for a longer drive. Inspect vehicle tires, including the spare, making sure they are in good condition and properly inflated.

- Whether travelling a long distance or a short trip, always slow down and maintain a safe travelling distance between vehicles.

- Drivers and passengers need to remember to wear their seatbelts at all times.

- And set an example to your children and other drivers by practicing courtesy on the road.

Boating

- You must wear your lifejacket or PFD in order for it to work.

- Remain Sober: Alcohol and boating do not mix.

- When heading out on your boat, ensure someone knows where you are going and what time you are to return.

- Supervise children at all times on or around water.

- Take a course so that you know what to do in an emergency.

Outdoor Fun

- Protect yourself from the sun: wear sun protection including sunscreen, a hat and protective clothing.

- Stay hydrated: There is nothing like water to beat the heat.

- Make sure you have a first aid kit on hand everywhere you spend time.

Swimming

- Make sure that children in, on and around water are always supervised by an adult.

- Ensure that your pool is fully fenced with a self-closing, self-latching gate - this is important for all backyard pools, including the new inflatable models.

- Install a cover with a lock on your hot tub, and when possible, your backyard pool too.

- Drain wading pools and small inflatable backyard pools when not in use.

- Those with little or no experience as swimmers should wear a personal flotation device (PFD) when enjoying water activities.

Having a safe BC Day Long Weekend requires effort from everyone - let us all do our part!

BC Safety Council news releases are available at www.safetycouncil.bc.ca.

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