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Stay Cool in the Face of Summer Safety Risks

May 1, 2023


Though the seasonal warmth of summer isn’t yet being felt everywhere in the country, there’s certainly no better time to become acquainted – or re-acquainted – with tips to keep you and your family safe during the dog days of summer.

National Summer Safety Week is May 1 – 7 and the Canada Safety Council is calling attention to two potentially fatal summer safety concerns, with risks that can have serious consequences if left unaddressed.


Heat-Related Illnesses

Heat-related illnesses, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke, are silent killers. According to the British Columbia Coroners Service, an estimated 619 heat-related fatalities occurred in summer 2021 in British Columbia alone, the result of what we now know as the western heat dome – the deadliest weather event in Canada as of writing.

 As temperatures rise, and even more so in the context of the steady increase climate change continues to bring to our temperatures, it’s essential to take precautions to stay cool and hydrated. This includes avoiding outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day, wearing lightweight and loose-fitting clothing, and drinking plenty of water.

 Staying cool could also involve taking a dip in a pool, but beware…


Water-Related Fatalities

The second summer safety issue of note is the risk of water-related injuries, particularly among children. Drowning is a substantial cause of death in Canada, with the Lifesaving Society of Canada reporting approximately 460 people fatally drowning every year. Many of these incidents occur in lakes or ponds (34%), rivers (29%) and pools (9%).

Additionally, more than 9 in 10 drownings involving children occur during absent or distracted supervision. Parents and guardians should always supervise children near water with undivided attention, ensuring that they have appropriate flotation devices. In public swimming areas, they should ensure the presence of a trained lifeguard.

By staying aware of these important summer safety issues, Canadians can enjoy a safe and enjoyable summer. Learn more about these risks this National Summer Safety Week and remember: safety should always be a top priority, no matter how much fun you’re having in the sun.

For more information, please contact:
Lewis Smith
Manager, National Projects, Canada Safety Council

About the Canada Safety Council

The Canada Safety Council is a national, non-government, charitable organization dedicated to safety. Our mission is to lead in the national effort to reduce preventable deaths, injuries and economic loss in public and private places throughout Canada.