Play it safe this sum­mer

Won­der­ful time of year but much can go wrong

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

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.’

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