Time to take out your red and white!! Canada Day is coming up this Friday July 1st. The excitement will be even higher this year as this fun and meaningful day falls on a Friday, making it a long weekend! With that being said, here are 5 safety tips to consider this Canada Day.
1. Drive safe. As mentioned, this Canada Day will create a long weekend and with a lot of us going out to celebrate Canada, the roads will be busy. Drive safe, plan your route in advance and take your time. Expect traffic and delays, give yourself extra time on your way out, and when you plan to go home. Keep in mind there will be a lot of people on foot as well so use caution in local areas.
2. Fireworks safety. If you plan on setting off fireworks yourself, read the instructions carefully and be sure that only adults (18 years and older) handle them. Be sure to buy them from a reputable source and be respectful to your neighbors and follow town by-laws regarding allotted time for fireworks. If you are going to watch a fireworks show, consider wearing reflective clothing and stay together. Some small children might be startled at first so be sure to hold them close in the beginning! Also…prepare your pets. If they are being left at home consider leaving the t.v. or radio on for a distraction from the fireworks and as much as you may want to bring them, perhaps they are best left at home for this event.
3. Stay cool. Follow this guide on How to Prevent Heat Stoke. Prevent dehydration by bringing plenty of water and bring snacks to fight hungry bellies. Consider bringing a beach umbrella, hats and cool clothing if you are attending an event. And don’t forget the sunscreen! If you are staying home, consider a kiddie pool or a water balloon fight to beat the heat.
4. Be sure your children are supervised. Canada Day events are filled with fun activities and lots of families. Talk to you children about staying close to you and what to do if they get lost (staying in one spot until found is a great idea). Consider a buddy system, or be sure there are an even number of adults/older children for every infant/toddler. Consider getting a brightly coloured hat or arm band to distinguish your child, as there will be a sea of red and white.
5. Drink responsibly. If you would like to enjoy an adult beverage this July 1st, do so responsibly. Make sure you eat before you drink and pace yourself, ideally no more then two alcoholic drinks in a three hour period. Also, for every alcoholic drink there should be one non-alcoholic drink (preferably water). Most importantly, be sure you have a way home, do not drink and drive as you are not only putting yourself at risk, but many happy families.
I hope your Canada Day is safe and fun! If you decide to stay home and relax or are hosting a barbecue consider making this amazing Kit Kat Canada Day Cake, it’s very easy to make and is so festive!