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  Stay Safe This Canada Day Long Weekend

Jul 02, 2016 13:43 ET

DRPS is reminding members of the community to be safe and smart this weekend, as they celebrate at cottages, beaches and waterfront firework displays.

The DRPS Marine Unit started its summer patrol several weeks ago, and will be out on the water patrolling this Canada Day to keep our residents and visitors safe. The Marine Unit would like to remind all boaters to completely check their vessels prior to taking them out this weekend. Marine Unit officers will be conducting routine stops, along with safety equipment checks and R.I.D.E. checks.

For more information about safe boating this weekend, click here.

The Traffic Services Branch will also be keeping watch for unsafe vehicles, impaired and distracted drivers. Traffic is expected to be heavier than usual over the weekend so members of the Traffic Services Branch are asking that drivers continue to be safe, be patient, plan ahead and drive with caution.

DRPS would like to offer the following safety tips for those who will be using fireworks this weekend:

- Never try to make your own fireworks
- Read all instructions and warning labels for proper methods of use and storage
- If you give your children sparklers, ensure they keep them outside and away from their face, clothing and hair
- Never set off fireworks anywhere other than outside in an area with lots of open space and always keep a fire extinguisher, bucket of water or hose handy in case of accidents
- Point fireworks away from homes and people

To minimize the risk of fire and burn injury, try to attend public fireworks displays organized and monitored by your local municipality who have experts on hand.

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