Town of Canmore

Summer Safety Tips

Check out the following top summer safety tips from Alberta Health Services, Canadian Red Cross, and Alberta Blue Cross to make sure you and your family have a fun and safe summer.

 

Practice Sun Safety

We all love basking in the sun, but we need to protect ourselves from sunburn. Your risk of sunburn increases depending on:

  • The time of day. You are more likely to get a sunburn between 11 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon.
  • Whether you are near reflective surfaces, such as water, concrete, snow, and ice.
  • The season of the year. The position of the sun on summer days can cause more severe sunburn.
  • Altitude. It is easy to get sunburned at higher altitudes because there is less of the earth's atmosphere to block the sunlight. UV exposure increases about 4% for every 300 m (1000 ft) gain in elevation.

Canmore sits at a high elevation - increasing our risk for sunburn even on cloudy days. Protect yourself from dangerous rays:

  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least SPF 30. Generously apply it 20 minutes before going outside—and reapply frequently.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses with an ultraviolet (UV) A/B certified seal. 
  • Plan your adventures before 11 a.m. and after 4 p.m. when the sun's rays are less harsh.

Stay Cool and Hydrated

Sunshine and high temperatures increase your risk of sunstroke and heat exhaustion—both can be life-threatening for infants, young children, and seniors. Here are some tips to stay cool and hydrated this summer:

  • Stay hydrated. Take water with you when you exercise, or exercise early in the day or later in the evening when it is cooler. Drink lots of water and other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated drinks.
  • Increase your vitamin C intake—it provides a natural defense against heat stroke, exhaustion, and heat rash.
  • Make sure to stay cool by wearing light-coloured clothing and seeking shade often.

Be Safe In and On the Water

  • When spending the day on the lake or river, make sure you and your family are equipped with life jackets that are properly fitted to each individual and approved by Transport Canada.
  • Never underestimate the power of current. Swimmers or waders can be swept away in an instant, even in knee-deep water.
  • Children can drown in as little as one inch of water, so never leave them unsupervised.

Prevent Hypothermia

Hypothermia occurs when the body gets cold and loses heat faster than the body can make it - even in the summer.   

Hypothermia is an emergency condition and can quickly lead to unconsciousness and death if heat loss continues. If someone begins to shiver violently, stumble, or can't respond to questions, it may be hypothermia, and you need to get warm them by removing wet clothing, gently drying them, ingesting small amounts of warm liquid, and seeking shelter. 
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