Our View: Hot weekend: fun and danger

 

B.C. Day is a time for celebration.

Lots of folks find the best way to celebrate is to get away and enjoy some vacation time.

After all, it’s summer, and what better time is there to enjoy some of the great sights and activities that nature provides us throughout the province.

The first rule of enjoying any vacation spot is to make sure you get there safely.

Drive carefully, and plan your holiday trip so you’re not rushing to get away at the last minute. Speed kills on the highways, especially when it is combined with distractions caused by stress or cellphones.

Make sure your vehicle is in good condition: brakes are in good order, tires properly inflated, no mechanical defects to leave your family trip to unfortunate chance.

It’s hot out there. Take that into account when you’re setting up for your road trip. Make sure you’re family is equipped with plenty of fluids, pack up the sunscreen to block those intense UV rays, and treat your vehicle with respect – it can become your enemy in the hot sun.

The danger of hot, closed cars has been mentioned a lot this year – but that’s because, time and again, some people have failed to get the message.

The temperature in a parked car, even in the shade with the windows partly open, can rapidly reach a level that will seriously harm or even kill your pet or child. When temperatures reach 27ºC outside, the inside of your car can reach 36ºC, at which it can cause serious sickness in pets and children in less than 30 minutes.

And it doesn’t stop there. Temperatures can easily go higher still, shortening the time it takes to create a dangerous living environment. Heat stroke can occur when body temperature exceeds 40ºC.

Get out this weekend and enjoy it to the fullest. But if you see a pet in distress, or any child at all locked in a car, don’t hesitate-call 9-1-1. You may save a life.

– B.G.

Just Posted

Olympic auditions return to Langley

An opportunity for unknown competitors to shine and, maybe, change sports

Langley Anti-SOGI activist slams ban on dad speaking out about transgender son’s case

A judge has told the father to stop publicly objecting to his son’s gender

Langley firefighter climbs World Trade Centre in honour of 9/11 fallen

The local man is fundraising for the Memorial Stair Climb

Aldergrove soccer player hailed ‘hero’ for saving a life

Aldergrove resident sprang to action when elderly fan collapsed on the sidelines.

Easter bombings a response to New Zealand attacks, says Sri Lanka minister

The Islamic State group asserted it was responsible for the nine bombings

New commemorative loonie marking ‘progress’ for LGBTQ2 people to be unveiled today

But advocates say it mistakenly suggests equality has been achieved largely as a result of government actions

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

‘Ghost restaurants’ cooked up by Joseph Richard Group to meet demand of delivered food

The new Meal Ticket Brands venture aims to ‘disrupt’ the local restaurant industry

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Torched SUV linked to Vancouver’s fourth homicide

Manoj Kumar, 30, was found dead from gunshot wounds in the Kitsilano neighbourhood

Multiple sailing waits as BC Ferries deals with Easter Monday traffic

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Ex-mayor of northern village claims its drivers are overpaying ICBC $1,800 a year

Darcy Repen says data shows Telkwa households are being ripped off for car insurance

Most Read