Summer Safety Tips
Practice Sun Safety
We all love basking in the sun, but we need to protect ourselves from sunburn.
· Environment. Whether you are near reflective surfaces, such as water, concrete, snow, and ice.
· The season. The position of the sun on summer days can cause more severe sunburn.
· Altitude. It is easy to get sunburned at higher altitudes because there is less of the earth's atmosphere to block the sunlight. UV exposure increases about 4% for every 300 m (1000 ft) gain in elevation.
· Wear a hat and sunglasses with an ultraviolet (UV) A/B certified seal.
· Plan your adventures before 11 a.m. and after 4 p.m. when the sun's rays are less harsh.
Stay Cool and Hydrated
· Increase your vitamin C intake—it provides a natural defense against heat stroke, exhaustion, and heat rash.
· Make sure to stay cool by wearing light-coloured clothing and seeking shade often.
Take precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones.
- If planning on being outdoors:
- Apply a sunscreen of at least sun protection factor (SPF) 30, at least 20 minutes before heading outdoors. Be sure the SPF 30 screens out both UVA and UVB rays, and reapply frequently (as directed on product label).
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses (with a UVA/UVB CSA certified seal).
- Wear light-coloured long-sleeved shirts and pants that cover skin.
- Consider rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day.
- Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages to stay hydrated.
- Take frequent breaks from heat, spending time indoors. If you are going to be indoors in a public building, such as a mall, be sure to respect and follow all COVID requirements, including physical distancing and considering masks.
- Do not leave any person or pet inside a closed vehicle, ever.
Click here for information about how to prepare for an extreme heat event and what you can do to protect yourself, including understanding the signs of heat illness.
· Heat rash
· Heat Cramps
· Heat Exhaustion
Click here to learn more about symptoms and actions to take when you or someone you love is in distress.
Pay particular attention to individuals that can experience earlier or more severe effects from heat including infants, children, seniors, and individuals with pre-existing lung, heart, kidney, nervous system, mental health or diabetic conditions, outdoor workers, as well as those who are socially isolated.
Be Safe In and On the Water
· Never underestimate the power of current. Swimmers or waders can be swept away in an instant, even in knee-deep water.
· Children can drown in as little as one inch of water, so never leave them unsupervised.
· Forgot to bring a lifejacket to Quarry Lake? We now have a free loaner station on-site!
If someone begins to shiver violently, stumble, or can't respond to questions, it may be hypothermia, and you need to get warm them by removing wet clothing, gently drying them, ingesting small amounts of warm liquid, and seeking shelter.