You asked us

Summer 2013

How can I keep my family safe outdoors this summer?

Ensure children wear a properly fitted helmet

  • Bicycle helmets can decrease the risk of a brain injury by up to 88 per cent
  • It is the law in Ontario that children and adolescents, under the age of 18, must wear a bicycle helmet while riding a bicycle on roadways or sidewalks
  • Any bicycle helmet that has been in a hard fall or crash should be replaced even if there is no visible damage
  • Headphones, baseball caps, hats and large hair clips should not be worn under a bicycle helmet

 

Keep kids safe in and around the water

  • Always supervise children in and around the water
  • Keep them within sight and arms’ reach
  • Ensure young children and weak swimmers wear personal floatation devices at all times
  • Learn first aid, take swimming lessons and provide children with swimming lessons

 

Be sun safe

All skin types are vulnerable to sun damage. You can have sun damage without the presence of a sunburn. It is also important to practice sun safety beyond the warmer weather at all times of the year.

  • Limit exposure to the sun, especially between the peak hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Wear a hat and protective clothing
  • Use sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 on all exposed skin
  • Sunscreen should be reapplied every couple of hours or following exposure to water or excessive sweating

 

Share the road

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists each need to do their part to share the road.

Pedestrians:

  • Cross at marked crosswalks or traffic lights
  • Cross only when traffic has come to a complete stop
  • Do not cross once the “Don't Walk” signal begins to flash and never cross on a red light
  • When walking in dusk or darkness, wear bright/light-coloured clothing or reflective strips – be safe, be seen

 

Cyclists:

  • Always wear a properly fitted helmet
  • Be alert and ride defensively
  • Obey all traffic signs and laws
  • Use hand signals
  • Equip your bike with a horn/bell and front and rear reflectors

 

Motorists:

  • Be patient, especially with children and older pedestrians who need more time to cross the road
  • Always look for pedestrians, especially when turning at intersections
  • Slow down on residential streets and through school zones
  • Never text and drive, it's both dangerous and deadly and it’s also the law

 

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