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Summer Safety

06/01/14

It's official, summer is upon us. Here are some helpful hints to keep your children safe this summer.

Here are helpful hints you can use to keep your children safe while on the road: - See more at: http://www.parenting.org/article/be-safe-and-enjoy-your-summer-fun-even-more-0#sthash.1eH2dmMG.dpuf

HOME ALONE

The Child and Family Services Act does not identify an age when a child can be left alone, or an age at which a child can supervise or babysit other children.  The Act recognizes that age alone is not a sufficient safeguard for the supervision of children.


The Act says that a person who has charge of a child less than 16 years of age cannot leave the child without making provision for his/her care or supervision that is reasonable under the circumstances.  Anyone who contravenes this provision is guilty of a provincial offence and if convicted is liable to a fine of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment of up to a year.


Under the Criminal Code of Canada, every one who unlawfully abandons or exposes a child who is under the age of ten years, so that its life is or is likely to be endangered or its health is or is likely to be permanently injured,

  • (a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; or

  • (b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding eighteen months.

WATER SAFETY

1- Always keep children within arms’ reach, in and around the water.

2- Make sure they wear lifejackets or person flotation devices in and around the water. Most importantly, never leave a child alone, whether it’s in a swimming pool, lake, river, or bathtub.

3- Children under the age of five should never use a hot tub – not even with an adult. Hot tubs are far too hot for young children, may contain large amounts of bacteria, and the drain in the hot tub can be a hazard to small kids.

CAR SAFETY

Did you know that your car’s interior temperature can reach as high as 93 degrees Celsius in as little as 10 minutes? It comes as no surprise, then, that you should never leave a child – or pet – in your car, even with the windows partly rolled down. Children are especially at risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke because their bodies cannot regulate temperature as well as an adult’s.