Happy May 24! Stay safe

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS - Paul Her­ridge, as­so­ciate edi­tor

It sure is a busy week for ‘weeks’ in the prov­ince and across the coun­try.

In no par­tic­u­lar or­der, it’s Na­tional Nurs­ing Week, Na­tional Po­lice Week and Na­tional Road Safety Week. North Amer­i­can Safe Boat­ing Aware­ness Week also be­gins this Satur­day.

An­other im­por­tant date is also on the hori­zon, one that in­spires ev­ery true blue New­found­lan­der and Labrado­rian to shrug off those ugly win­ter mem­o­ries so they can go camp­ing in the worst weather that spring can muster. That’s right, it’s the May 24 long weekend! Now, May 24 doesn’t ac­tu­ally fall on this com­ing weekend but the fol­low­ing one. We won’t get into that an­nual od­dity. Vic­to­ria Day, as it is other­wise known, a cel­e­bra­tion of the 19th century English monarch’s birth­day, sig­nals the start of sum­mer for most, even if the weather rarely co­op­er­ates.

Mom, dad and kids pile into the fam­ily car and head to the cabin for the weekend or hook up the camper and take off to a provin­cial park or camp­ground for a nice re­lax­ing break be­fore sum­mer re­ally kicks into gear.

It’s as good a time as any to of­fer a re­minder to stay safe while hav­ing fun in the months ahead.

When you’re on the high­way, head­ing to your des­ti­na­tion, don’t for­get to buckle up. It could save your life if you hap­pen to have an ac­ci­dent. Also, put the cell phone away while you’re be­hind the wheel. You’re on va­ca­tion af­ter all. It also goes with­out say­ing, don’t drink and drive.

If you’re on the other side of the coin and out for a walk or bike ride, you need to fol­low the rules of the road, as well, cross­ing at ap­pro­pri­ate places and wear­ing re­flec­tive ma­te­ri­als at night.

If you’re plan­ning to head out on the wa­ter, a life­jacket is just as im­por­tant as a seat­belt, while drink­ing and boat­ing is ev­ery bit as deadly as on shore. You should also be aware and pre­pared for the risks if you fall into cold wa­ter.

It’s great to en­joy all the fun that goes along with sum­mer but do­ing so safely is para­mount.

Re­mem­ber, both the po­lice and nurses are cel­e­brat­ing this week, too. Why not cut them some slack and stay out of trou­ble and the emer­gency room!

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