Summer Safety

Beat the Heat

After a long winter, many people look forward to enjoying summer weather. However, the heat can be a health risk. Please visit the Canadian Red Cross’s Heat-Related Emergencies: Staying Cool and Hydrated in Canadian Summers site for tips on staying safe in the summer.

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Be safe under the sun

Outdoor activities are common during the summer, but make sure you stay safe under the sun to avoid sunburns and skin cancers.

  • Use sunscreens of SPF30 or more.
  • Wear clothings that protect your skin
  • Seek shade
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes
  • Avoid the sun when the UV index is high

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Having fun safely in the water

Many people spend time around water during the summer. Please check out the Summer Water Safety information sheet from the Canadian Red Cross.

Have fun and stay safe!

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Avoid getting tick bites

Ticks are most active in spring and summer. If you are bitten by an infected blacklegged tick, you may get lyme disease–a potentially serious infection. Please note, however, not all blacklegged ticks carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, and not everyone who is bitten by an infected tick will develop signs and symptoms of Lyme disease.

To avoid getting bitten, please cover your skin (e.g. wear long-sleeved shirts) and use insect repellent containing DEET.

For more information, please visit the Ontario Government’s lyme disease page.

If you have any concerns, please check with your health care provider.

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