With the school year wrapping up and summer just on the horizon, it's a great time of year to remind ourselves and our children about how to stay safe this summer.
Last year we blogged about this topic, and you can read that post here. Just a few quick reminders:
- There are more kids on the neighbourhood streets in the summer, so be more aware when you are driving - especially near parks, pools and the beach.
- Children should be reminded to stay on sidewalks and to use pedestrian crossings correctly.
- If cycling, children and adults should wear helmets and brightly coloured clothing. If cycling at dusk or night, make sure you have a light. (This is also part of the new so-called Distracted Driving Bill that will come into effect shortly for Ontario.)
- Pay extra attention to children when distractions are present, such as ice cream trucks. Unfortunately we know first hand that accidents happen when children excitedly run towards ice cream trucks. (Parents should also know that by law, ice cream trucks are required to park in a safe way so that the risk to children in a road is minimized.)
- Be vigilant around pools and lakes with all children, and especially younger children who are not adept swimmers.
- It may not be hot in Toronto yet, but we know the hot sun is coming. Wearing sunscreen and drinking extra water to stay hydrated are important reminders as well.
- During this time of barbecues and visits to cottages, it's important to remember that drinking and driving is never safe.
- Distractions are also dangerous, such as cell phones, crying children, and GPS devices. Read our infographic about the dangers of distracted driving and how to avoid them!
Most importantly, enjoy your summer. Have fun, and be safe!