Happy May 24! Stay safe
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!