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Attending summer festivals and events? Enjoy them to the fullest with these tips

The summer weather is finally here and with it, wonderful outside events and celebrations for everyone. Whether you and your friends and family are planning on attending weekend festivals, concerts, food, or arts and craft shows we have some suggestions that not only are common sense, but will keep you healthy so that you can enjoy events to the fullest. 

Before you go, check out some of these tips:

Tips for the outdoors
  • Drink plenty of liquids, especially on hot days. Water is your best choice.
  • Look for shaded areas to rest from the heat, particularly with young children, seniors or if you are breastfeeding.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, applying 30 minutes before going outside and reapplying every two hours.
  • If you experience any heat-related symptoms, visit a health facility immediately.
Tips for drinking responsibly

• If you choose to drink alcohol, drink in moderation and alternate between alcohol and non-alcohol drinks.
• No amount of alcohol is safe when pregnant.
• Alcohol impairs judgment and reaction time no matter how alert the caffeine, sugar and other ingredients in Energy drinks make you feel.
• Mixing alcohol with other drugs can be dangerous and sometimes fatal; get immediate assistance from first aid responders on-site for anyone who may be experiencing negative effects.

Mixing alcohol with other drugs can be dangerous and sometimes fatal; get immediate assistance for anyone who may be experiencing undesirable effects from firs aid responders on-site.
Mixing alcohol with other drugs can be dangerous and sometimes fatal; get immediate assistance for anyone who may be experiencing undesirable effects from firs aid responders on-site.
Tips to prevent illness
  • Prevent yourself from getting sick and spreading germs by using alcohol-based hand sanitizer or washing your hands regularly with soap and water as needed.
  • If you become sick with diarrhea, vomiting, rash and/or fever, practice good hand hygiene and stay home.
Tips to prevent insect bites
  • If you are outside when mosquitoes are most active (dusk to dawn) or in wooded areas wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and use an insect repellent according to the manufacturers’ recommendations.
  • Apply repellent sparingly on any exposed skin (do not apply underneath clothes), avoiding your eyes; if you do get repellent in your eyes, rinse with water immediately.
Tips to keep food safe
• Don't be fooled by the smell or taste of food. If it isn't handled safely, food can make you very sick and ruin your meals and fun.
• Before packing your cooler, wash it with a mild soap and a bleach-water solution and rinse with cold water. This will clean, sanitize and pre-chill it.
• Keep all meats, fish, poultry and dairy products as cold as they get in your fridge. The warmer the weather, the more chance food sitting around is going to grow a lot of bacteria.
• You can load coolers with ice packs but they should be kept frozen or replaced with an ice block or cubes. Coolers work best when they are stored in a cool place and have tight-fitting lids.

Tips to prevent injuries
  • Distracted walking is dangerous – pay attention when walking in parking lots or other areas with moving vehicles.
  • Watch your step - prevent slips, trips and falls caused by uneven ground or other obstacles.
  • If you choose to drink alcohol in permitted areas, drink responsibly and in moderation.

 

Tips for tobacco-free festivities

Smoking is prohibited inside all buildings including toilet facilities, work vehicles, public transportation and vehicles with children under the age of 16. Outdoor food and bar patios are smoke-free.

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