Canadians across the country will be celebrating Canada’s 156th birthday. We hope you enjoy the long weekend with our safety tips in mind.

Here’s a few (of many) reminders to help keep summer safe. 

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.

Stay cool in the heat: Keep cool and hydrated, and minimize your time in the sun between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Drink plenty of water, find shade, visit cool buildings, slow down, bathe in cool water, and wear light-coloured clothing. Never leave children or pets inside a parked vehicle.

Drive cautiously: It is likely that more drivers will be on the road during Canada Day. It is also possible that some of these drivers may have been drinking throughout the day. Practice defensive driving at all times and ensure that you remain attentive on the road.

Practice firework safety: Fireworks are a staple of Canada Day; however, they can be dangerous in certain situations. Only purchase fireworks from reputable sources. In addition, fireworks should only ever be used by people over the age of 18.

Never give sparklers to children. Many people view sparklers as harmless fun; however, they burn extremely hot, can ignite clothing, and cause severe burns.

  • The sparkler wire remains very hot following use and should be soaked in a bucket of water before discarding.

Drink responsibly: Setting clear limits for yourself in terms of enjoying alcoholic beverages on Canada Day can help you avoid many health and safety risks. Drink slowly and never have more than two drinks in a three-hour period. It’s always wise to alternate alcoholic drinks with a glass of water to avoid dehydration. Above all, plan how you are getting home ahead of time. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE.

Make sure your children are always supervised.

During the commotion of Canada Day events, it can be easy to lose track of young children. Keep a close eye on your kids and instruct them to stay put and wait for you to find them if you get separated.

Happy Canada Day to our valued employees and customers!