July 24th, 2024

AHS shares summer safety tips

By ANNA SMITH Local Journalism Initiative on July 4, 2024.

asmith@medicinehatnews.com

Alberta Health Services is encouraging residents to stay sharp this summer, and do their part to prevent injuries to themselves and their loved ones.

They remind parents to always supervise their children, actively watching their children and staying close enough to take action, if needed. Ensuring the equipment is appropriate for their age, and remove necklaces or hooded sweatshirts that can get caught in playground equipment.

They also shared tips for outdoor activities such as biking, skateboarding, or inline skating. Always be sure to wear a helmet that fits well and has no missing parts; these helmets should be replaced every 5 years, or after any major crash.

Wear the right helmet for the right activity, said AHS, pointing out that driving motorized off-highway vehicles, such as ATVs, dirt bikes, quads and side-by-sides all need specific helmets.

And of course, when methods of transportation upgrade to cars, obey speed limits and be patient in slower zones. Do not use handheld devices of any kind when you are behind the wheel, and look out for pedestrians or cyclists and be patient as they cross or occupy the road.

With these tips, AHS wishes residents a fun and safe summer.

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