The warm weather is finally here and Canadians are rejoicing after that late long winter.
The Standard wishes to advise residents to take precautions to stay safe and healthy during the summer.
First off, drain all standing water, as it can be the place where mosquitos are known to breed.
Mosquitoes can be annoying, but some can also carry West Nile Virus.
Also, as it gets warmer, remember to stay well hydrated. The body needs liquids to continue functioning and in warm weather, people tend to lose some of that through sweat. Keep a bottle of water with you as you travel.
Also keep sunscreen with you for those days when the temperature soars or UV alerts are announced.
Also remember not to drink before you decide to operate a boat. Boats are vehicles, just like cars, trucks or vans and alcohol impairs how you operate. Alcohol and boating is as deadly a combo as drinking and driving a car. It is also a criminal offence. According to BOATsmart 65 per cent of boating accidents in Ontario involve alcohol. The Ontario Provincial Police also recently reported that three times as many people have died in boating accidents in the province than in past years. Wearing a life jacket is also recommended just in case.
Summer is always a great time for people to have fun, but you should always remember to stay safe.
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