**** HRP Media Release
Summer safety tips
Halifax Regional Police are sharing some simple tips to keep in mind for summer safety.
If you’ll be away from home:
- Inform a trusted neighbour, friend or family member that you will be away and ask that they keep an eye on your property. It’s also a good idea to leave your vacation destination and contact information so you can be reached in case of an emergency.
- Ensure your windows and doors are locked before you leave.
- Don’t announce your travel plans on your social networking sites. Also, sending updates while you’re away informs everyone that you’re not home. An unoccupied residence is much more vulnerable for break-ins.
- Try to make it appear as though your home is still occupied while you’re away. For example, use a light timer and ask a neighbour to collect your newspaper.
When on the road or in your vehicle:
- Help protect your property by ensuring your vehicle is locked at all times and never leave valuables in your vehicle, especially in plain view.
- Never leave pets or children unattended in parked vehicles, even with the windows rolled down.
- Fog or heavy rain can come on suddenly in our maritime weather, remember to always drive to current conditions.
- Summer brings cyclists and pedestrians to our streets in higher numbers. Always use the 1m clearance rule when passing cyclists, stay mindful of crosswalks and avoid distractions when driving.
Some things to think about for your outdoor activities:
- If you’re cycling this summer, remember that all cyclists must wear a helmet. It is against the law to not wear one. This legislation extends to the use of scooters, skateboards, in-line skaters and roller skates. A properly designed and fitted helmet reduces injury.
- If you’re going for a hike, remember to plan ahead, dress appropriately, bring the right equipment (take your cell phone with you) and never head into the woods alone.
- You are required by law to have a lifejacket or Personal Flotation Device (PFD) on board for each person on a watercraft. Practice safe boating this summer and throughout the year.