Another round of tips to keep you safe this summer

This is the second of two columns with information from Public Safety Canada.

Summer is a time for family road trips, outdoor fun in the sun and hopefully lots of great weather. Below are some simple reminders to prepare for safe summer days.

Avoid the bugs – and their bite:  Avoid being outdoors at dawn or dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. Keep in mind that ticks are often found along trail edges, mostly in wooded areas or tall grass.  Light-coloured clothing is less attractive to mosquitoes and allows you to see ticks more easily. Registered insect repellents containing DEET can be used safely when applied as directed.

Pack an emergency kit: You may have some kit items already, such as a flashlight, a wind-up radio, food, water and a manual can opener. Make sure they are organized and easy to find in case you need to evacuate your home. Make a kit to go in a backpack. Whatever you do, don’t wait until a disaster is happening to make a kit.

Keep food fresh: Chilling food properly is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of food-borne illness. Leftovers should be chilled promptly, but remember to throw them away if they have been out at room temperature for more than two (2) hours. Keep the fridge at 4◦C (40◦F) or below and use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature.

Stay safe on the roads: Canada has nearly 900,000 kilometres of road — enough to circle the globe 22 times! Transport Canada is our resource on road safety, especially when travelling with children.  Every year in Canada, about 10,000 children (from infants to 12-year olds) are hurt or killed on the roads. Make sure your children are always buckled-up properly while in the car, even for short trips.

And remember, the back seat is always the safest place for your children. visit Connect with care: Don’t mention going away on vacation in your social networking status updates. Avoid geotagging photos. Most smartphones and many digital cameras automatically attach the exact location where a photo was taken – and when you share it online, the geotag can give away your address or let criminals know that you’re on vacation, which could make your home a target for break-in.

More tips here: Community Care is looking for volunteers to help at the Thrift Shop and with programs to help seniors live at home. Start the conversation by calling the office at 613-476-7493 or check

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes