Summer in Simcoe and Muskoka means travel, sightseeing, and going to festivals and events like concerts, carnivals, arts and craft shows and fairs. If you're planning to attend, browse through these tips for a safe and healthy visit.
Hot weather in our area can also be followed by some pretty powerful storms. Keep an ear to the weather reports and prepare to take cover inside if thunder begins to rumble.
If your illness lasts many days or gets worse, seek medical attention. Let them know about the event you were attending.
If you're camping out at a festival, here's something to consider:
It's no coincidence that foodborne illnesses increase during the summer months.
The bacteria that can cause food poisoning thrive in a warm environment – and food at picnics or outdoor barbecues can easily be left in the dangerous temperature range for too long.
Know how to properly prepare and store your summer meals, and enjoy a healthy summer.
Camping and picnics: Tips on packing and preparing food and on safe drinking water.
A bit of common sense goes a long way to preventing accidents.
With luck you'll have sunny conditions for your festival. But that comes with its own risks.
The excitement of a festival or concert can make it feel it's a good time to let loose and have a few drinks.
Excessive drinking is never a good idea. There are long-term harms to your health, not to mention the accidents that become more likely in the moment.
And in the heat of summer it can be especially risky.
Take a few minutes to think about how much you need to drink to enjoy your event.
If you haven't heard of Canada's Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines, you might be surprised at what they recommend.
Intoxicated people can be of danger to themselves and others. If you see someone who is experiencing difficulty, stay with them and get assistance.
When most of the action is up on a stage, there's a need to find ways to stay active and make healthy food choices.
The Smoke-Free Ontario Act is in effect throughout the grounds at any large event. That includes inside buildings, toilet facilities, public transportation, vehicles with children, outdoor food areas. Tobacco sales are off limits as well unless the right licensing has been obtained.
So, why not use these few days as the start of your new quit attempt? Get good advice from Smoker's Helpline.
Use a condom: If you have sex you are at risk for sexually transmitted infections, band pregnancy. Protect yourself by using condoms every time you have sex. Free condoms are available at a local health unit office.
Emergency contraceptive pills (ECP): You can take ECP up to five days after unprotected sex, although the soon you use it the better it works. ECP is available at the local health unit office, after-hours clinics, pharmacies and your health care provider. Have a look at our ECP fact sheet.
Blood-borne exposure: If you have been exposed to the blood or body fluids of another person, it's recommended you be assessed for risk of potential transmission of a blood-borne disease. You should be assessed as soon as possible after the exposure at a local emergency department, after-hours clinic or personal health care provider.
Exchange Works: Needle disposal containers will be available at Burl's Creek, and may available at other events. Ask staff of the event. The containers are also provided to individuals and are in various locations in the community for safe disposal of used needles.
Harm Reduction Programs provide access to varying sizes of needles, spoons (cookers), alcohol swabs, water, tourniquets, vitamin C, safe inhalation supplies (crack pipes). Some sites may offer Naloxone kits, counselling, education, health care and referrals to community services as needed.