In the city: Stay safe this summer

The summer season is a time to be free of all the layers of winter clothes, and have some fun in the sun – maybe even the water too!  The long summer days, as relaxing as they are, are no excuse to be unsafe.  We all know the importance of staying hydrated and applying sunscreen, but another long weekend is a great time to review some other safety tips.


Hot summer days make us long for the cool relief of water.  Whether you are swimming or boating, on the lake, or in the pool, the Canadian Red Cross offers a variety of tips to stay safe in the water.  These important tips includes: always follow pool rules; do not leave children unattended; use a Canadian approved standard lifejacket or Personal Flotation Device (PFD); never underestimate currents in open water; ensure that you have all the necessary marine safety equipment, in addition to your Pleasure Craft Operator Card.  Most importantly, water safety and alcohol and drugs do not mix.

Canada’s National Parks and Historic Sites are beautiful examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage.  Parks Canada protects these nationally significant areas, and fosters public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment.  Are you camping for the first time this summer?  There’s an app for that!  Discover all the information you need to plan and enjoy your first camping trip. And if you are already an experienced camper, you’ll love the recipes, checklists and insiders’ tips.  Learn more about Parks Canada mobile apps here.

The Mohawk College Library has books to help you learn more about Canada’s National Parks – click here to view titles and availability.  If memories of summer camp are what you are looking for, the book Children’s nature: The rise of the American summer camp explores how summer camp transformed each camper who swam, hiked, and ate S’mores.

A friendly reminder that all Mohawk College Library locations will be closed on Monday, August 4th.  Please refer to the hours and locations web page for more information.

2 Responses to In the city: Stay safe this summer

  1. Emily says:

    The Red Cross also has a Water Safety Week annually in Canada, where they aim to increase water safety awareness and remind people of some practical tips. More details on water safety week here.

    • mohawklibrarygirl says:

      Thanks Emily! The additional link to water safety week is very helpful. We can never have too much information when it comes to water safety.

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