TORONTO, June 27, 2012 /CNW/ - As the temperatures rise and vacations
beckon, Insurance Bureau of Canada reminds Canadians to stay safe this
holiday weekend and all summer with a few easy-to-follow tips.
"As Canadians head out for cottage country, campgrounds and other
vacation destinations there are a number of safety risks you could
face. This is why it's important to review a few simple safety tips
with your loved ones each year," says Ralph Palumbo, Vice President,
Ontario with IBC.
Here are some safety tips for ensuring your summer is worry-free:
On the roads:
Always have a designated driver. Impaired driving is a serious danger to public safety as alcohol and drugs can reduce a
driver's reaction times and attention to the road.
Avoid driver distractions. Distracted drivers can be just as impaired as drunk drivers.
Ensure proper use of seat belts, child car seats and booster seats at all times.
Obey the rules of the road, respect posted speed limits, the rights of other drivers and drive according to road conditions.
If you're experiencing driver fatigue pull off the road to a safe spot
and have a nap as driving while drowsy can be just as fatal as impaired
On the water:
Supervise children at all times.
Boat sober, "don't booze and cruise" on the water.
When swimming be aware of your limitations. Don't go beyond your
When in, on and around water, have everyone try on their lifejacket to
see that it still fits and that all the zippers and buckles are in good
working order. Lifejackets save lives.
Think before you dive. Ensure water depth is at least 10 feet deep.
Remember the depth of lakes or oceans can change due to tides or
Only adults (18 years or over) should handle the fireworks. Do not
handle them if you are impaired (alcohol or drugs).
Read all the instructions and warnings on each firework item.
Wear protective eye glasses and gloves. Light at arm's length and then
Fireworks should be disposed of safely and properly. Once the show is
over, wait 30 minutes to let the materials cool down and then inspect
the area to ensure there are no remaining unlit fireworks. Clean up
all remains and let them sit overnight before disposing of it in the
(Sources: Insurance Bureau of Canada, Canada Safety Council, Canadian
Red Cross, and Lifesaving Society)
If you would like to interview an IBC spokesperson ahead of, or during
the holiday weekend, please contact Helen Lialias at 416-362-2031 ext.
4312 or firstname.lastname@example.org, after Friday, June 29 please contact Steve Kee at 416-859-2667.
About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association
representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its
member companies represent 90% of the property and casualty (P&C)
insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over
114,000 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal,
provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of
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