Happy Canada Day! Well, we are almost ready to celebrate Canada Day for 2017. Many of the cities in Ontario, just like cities and provinces throughout Canada, are planning a variety of activities and events to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada. The Government of Canada has an extensive list of activities planned throughout Ontario and the rest of the country.
As you, we are excited to celebrate this special holiday with our family, friends, and neighbours. However, as personal injury lawyers, we also know how dangerous some of the celebrations can be for citizens. We urge you to take steps to prevent injuries during Canada Day celebrations so we all have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Tips for Staying Safe During Your Canada Day Celebrations
Fireworks— Fireworks are a common part of Canada Day celebrations. Because the laws regarding the use of fireworks vary from municipality to municipality, you should always check with your local government office to ensure you are in compliance with local laws.
Fireworks are not toys and you must take steps to prevent serious injuries when using fireworks. General safety tips for firework use include:
- Choose a clear, level area to set off fireworks
- Purchase fireworks from a known retailer
- Always follow the instructions exactly as they are written on the label
- Never allow children to set off fireworks – it is against the law for minor to use fireworks
- Take precautions to protect pets – fireworks scare many pets
- Check to see if you need a permit to use fireworks on your property
- Have a water supply and fire extinguisher close by
- Never use fireworks within 100m of flammable or explosive materials
You can obtain more information on fireworks safety measures from the Natural Resources Canada website.
Impaired Driving — Many people will enjoy alcohol during their Canada Day festivities. Drinking alcohol at the legal drinking ageis not against the law, but driving while impaired by alcohol is illegal. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not only illegal it is dangerous. If you plan on consuming alcohol this year, designate a driver or plan to use public transportation. In addition, never operate a boat, Sea-Doo, ATV, or another vehicle after drinking.
Boating Safety— If you plan to enjoy Canada Day on one of our beautiful lakes, remember to practice safe boating. Check your boat before you leave to ensure it is operating correctly, require everyone to wear life jackets, and have plenty of food and water on board. For more information about boat safety see Transport Canada’s Safe Boating Guide.
Drive Safely — There will be an abundance of traffic going to and from celebrations. Plan to leave early to allow yourself extra time to arrive at your destination. Avoid the urge to driver aggressively, even when other drivers are trying your patience.
General Safety Tips — When preparing for your Canada Day activities, keep these safety tips in mind:
- Check the weather, but be prepared for any sudden changes
- Stay hydrated — drink plenty of water
- Wear sun protection (i.e. hats, sunglasses, etc.) and wear sunscreen
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Keep children close so that you are not separated
- Do not bring glass containers because they could break and cause an injury
- Bring a small first aid kit, including any medications you may need
With a little preparation and forethought, you can enjoy Canada Day with your family and friends without suffering an injury.
Call Our Ontario Personal Injury Lawyers for Help
The team of lawyers at Diamond and Diamond are here to assist you if you or a family member is injured during any of the activities or celebrations for Canada Day. Call our 24/7 injury hotline at 1-800-567-HURT or visit our website to speak to someone now. We offer free consultations and case evaluations.