A time to Celebrate
The party is here! This weekend is a time to celebrate for many of our friends on both sides of the border. With Canada (today) and Independence (July 4) days extending the weekend, we are likely to see several days of festivities this year. With the prolonged party comes an increased risk of common injuries or accidents. In this blog, we will shine a light on some of these risks as well as tips to stay safe and enjoy this kick-off to summer.
Many will choose to kick back this weekend with outdoor activities such as BBQs, trips to the lake, and even partake in a Fireworks show of their very own. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is especially concerned anytime one of the holidays that are known for gatherings and celebrating with alcohol falls on a weekend. With this in mind, the American Red Cross (among others) has created 5 simple steps for each of these activities to encourage a safe 4th of July celebration. Though the warning from experts many will still take part in Firework activities. As bystanders, this is not only dangerous for children but can also be fatal for adults as well. It is important to remember that if you are uncomfortable, speak up or remove yourself from the situation whenever possible.
The recent heat wave sweeping much of North America is a reminder that prolonged exposure to the elements can have damaging effects, especially on the young. According to the NSC Pediatric vehicular heatstroke is still the leading cause of non-crash motor vehicle-related fatality for children. Since 1998, more than 900 children in the U.S. have died because of this completely preventable tragedy. Always check your back seat for children or animals when you reach your destination. The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool is a useful resource when planning outdoor work activities.
If you happen to get through all this without incident the trip home can be just as dangerous. The National Safety Council estimates that 462 people may lose their lives on U.S. roads … in preventable crashes. Distracted or Impaired driving However this risk is not limited to Motor Vehicles, Bicyclists & Pedestrians. Ride share services tend to be overwhelmed so plan ahead and set a designated driver.
No one wants to be a buzz kill, this is a time to celebrate after all (especially after the last few years). Simply put a little awareness and preparation can go a long way in ensuring we all have a fun-filled weekend. Happy Independence & Canada Day to all.
Thank you for joining us on our journey to achieve Zero!
If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.~ Herodotus