Play it safe this summer
Wonderful time of year but much can go wrong
Summertime is a wonderful time of year. A time when family and friends enjoy time with each other on the lake, in parks and visiting tourist attractions. It’s a season of bonfires, barbecues and beaches.
But as much fun as there is to be had, the happiness is occasionally marred by tragedies ranging from drownings to car accidents.
Recently, a young man from Ontario nearly lost his life on the famous Peggy’s Cove near Halifax after slipping on a rock ( presumably one of the ones that signs warn visitors from going near).
One only has to think back a few months to when another man from Ontario lost his life after being swept out to sea from Peggy’s Cove to remember just how deadly the waters around the cove can be.
Thankfully, a tour boat was able to rescue the 26- year- old Ontario man and prevent a tragedy. It could have been so much worse. Both those men probably thought those signs were overly cautious. They aren’t alone. They are just the ones who happened to get caught by a bad gamble.
Emergency responders will tell you that it’s often in the summer, when road conditions are presumably at their best, that you’ll see the highest amount of fatal accidents. People let their guard down and drive fast or distracted or both.
We hope that people will bear that in mind and realize that even when the sun is shining, they can run into trouble. Our advice: put down the cellphones and focus on what’s around you.
The beach and lakes are other places where tragedy can replace what’s supposed to be a place for fun. To avoid dangers, swim with other people, don’t dive into water you don’t know the depth of and if you’re in a boat, make sure you wear the proper safety equipment.
Play it safe this summer.
‘They are just the ones who happened to get caught by a bad gamble.’