Holiday, Seasonal, Recreational
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Canadian children aged one to four while men, ages 15 to 34, are at the greatest risk of drowning. A child can drown in less than 2” (5cm) of water. In fact, the most common location for infant drownings is the bathtub while home swimming pools account for about 38% of toddler drownings.
Ensure children are supervised - even those who can swim. In nearly half of the infant and toddler drownings, the victims were found alone. Always keep kids within an arm’s reach whenever they are near any water.
During the spring and fall, water levels can be higher than usual and are often accompanied by soft, slippery banks that are treacherous, particularly for young children, adults and pets. Teach kids to keep a safe distance from ditches, creeks, rivers and lakes especially during these times.
Safety Tips and Resources:
- Kidshealth.org https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/water-safety.html
The Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card (http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-paperwork-paperwork_operator-360.htm) is mandatory on all waterways in Canada as prescribed in the Canada Shipping Act 2001 and regulations. Beyond obtaining your licence we recommend you consider boating safety/skills course.
Always check the weather conditions before heading out, make sure that your boat is mechanically sound and that you have enough gas for your trip. A first aid kit as well as the proper safety equipment and emergency contact information should also be on board.
Boats are required by law to have enough life jackets/PFDs on board for each person on the boat. Ensure they are properly sized for the passengers on board – children should only wear properly fitted child size lifejackets. And to decrease the risk of drowning, everyone in the boat needs to be wearing the life jacket/PFD at all times.
Safety Tips and Resources:
Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide: http://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/marinesafety/TP-511e.pdf
- Avoid putting your children in dark colored costumes and make sure they are are wearing some form of reflective gear.
- Use makeup instead of a mask. Makeup is easy to wash off and a lot safer than wearing a full face mask that can restrict visibility and increase their chance of falling.
- Trick or treat only in your own neighborhood or a neighborhood that you know.
- Make certain that children travel on one side of the street and cross only at corners. Have them use the sidewalks whenever possible and encourage them to be courteous by not walking over lawns.
- Trick or treating should occur only in the early evening hours. Not when it is pitch black outside and when families are already trying to sleep.
- Instruct children to stand in front of the door at the home. They should not enter a home under any circumstances. They should also stay away from any homes that are in total darkness.
- Tell your children not to eat any treats until you have looked them over.
- Once the children arrive home, inspect all treats for tampering and toys for choking hazards.
- Be careful when giving children any treats that could be potential choking hazards.
More Safety Tips and Resources:
Caringforkids.cps.ca has some great Halloween Safety Tips at https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/halloween_safety
Keep your vehicles doors locked and windows closed.
Lock your packages and gifts in your vehicle’s trunk and remove them as soon as possible.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with credit or debit or a cheque whenever possible.
- Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse under your arm. Keep a wallet in an inside jacket pocket, not a back trouser pocket.
- Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard and ask for help if you become separated. They should never go into a parking lot alone.
Be sure to lock doors and windows when you leave your home, even for a few minutes.
Do not display holiday gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway. Store gifts before you go away on a holiday trip.
- If you go out for the evening, turn on lights and a radio or television so your home appears occupied.
- If you take a holiday trip away from your home, have some interior lights activated by an automatic timer. Have a neighbor or family member watch your house, shovel new snow, pick up the mail and newspaper and park his or her motor vehicle in your driveway from time to time.
- Be wary of strangers soliciting for charitable donations. They may attempt to take advantage of people’s generosity during the holidays. Ask for identification, how donated funds are used, if contributions are tax deductible, etc. If you are not satisfied with the answers, do not give.
- Test your smoke detectors.
- If you have house guests, advise them of your security precautions and make sure they follow them.
For fire safety tips during the holiday season
What is drone photography?
Drone photography is the capture of still images and/or video by a remotely-operated or autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle also known as an unmanned aircraft system or, more commonly, as a drone.
Drone photography allows images and audio/video to be captured that might not be otherwise possible for human photographers and videographers. That capacity can be enabled by the flight abilities of drones, their small size or their ability to tolerate harsh environments.
Rules for recreational drones
If you fly your drone for fun and it weighs more than 250 g and up to 35 kg, you do not need special permission from Transport Canada to fly.
Regardless, you need to follow Transport Canada’s recreational drone rules and basic safety tips. Not doing so may put lives, aircraft and property at risk. If you fly where you are not allowed or choose not to follow any of the rules below, you could face fines of up to $3,000.
Transport Canada Recreational Drones
Transport Canada inspectors investigate reports of unsafe and illegal drone use. You could face serious consequences – including up to $25,000 in fines and/or jail time – if you:
- put aircraft at risk
- fly where you are not allowed
- endanger anyone’s safety