WRITTEN BY ALEX ST. CYR
Summer and water go together like
peanut butter and jam—how can you
have one without the other?
Summers in Canada are earmarked for
outdoor fun, such as swimming, boating
and other water-related activities. As
pleasurable as water can be, it has
some serious risks. Here’s how you and
your family can reduce them.
closely supervise children when
they’re near and in water
backyard pools to keep everyone safe
Open water safety:
shore if caught in a water current
if an adult is not present; be within
arm’s reach at all times
or other fast-moving water.
children and adults in Alberta while
on a boat
other devices are not safe
replacements for a life-jacket
right sizes for you and your children.
safe for children or adults without
proper training and confirming water
other bodies of water with unknown
depths gradually and feet-first.
the sun (screen)
Ah, the lazy, hazy days of summer. The
sun shines brightly––and strongly. When
it does, these tips will make your time in
the sun safer.
Check the UV Index, which measures
sun strength. You can be sunburned
in as little as 15 minutes. When the UV
Index is between 3 and 8, everyone,
especially kids, needs sunscreen. If it’s
above 8, these tips will help reduce your
risk of sunburn as well as heat rash,
heat stroke and, over time, skin cancer.
• Cover up: Wear wide-brimmed hats,
UV-blocking sunglasses and thin,
• Limit the rays:;Take;frequent;breaks
in the shade or indoors.
•;Apply and reapply sunscreen: Put
it on every two hours (at least). Match
the sun protective factor (SPF) to
the UV Index and your skin’s
thin skin and can burn easily. Keep
them out of the sun. Use an SPF 30
lip balm on your lips.
• Stay hydrated:;Bring;lots;of;water
with you when spending time outside,
and drink often, before you’re thirsty.
• Car safety:;Never;leave;your;child;or
pet alone in a car. Your car can heat
seem very warm.
Try to stay out of the sun between 11
a.m. and 3 p.m., when the sun’s rays
are strongest and the UV Index is at its