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Myth busting: Should you really pee on a jellyfish sting?

Planning to go to the beach this summer? If you happen to cross paths with an angry jellyfish and you get stung, please know that there is no need to embarrass yourself by asking a friend to pee on your wound. 

Are you ready for summer thunderstorms?

I have always loved summer thunderstorms, even when the house shakes after a violent thunderclap. But when you live in the woods, power outages caused by violent thunderstorms are quite common. 

Get set... ready? Don’t dive

When it’s a hot, sunny day, it might be tempting to jump headfirst into a pool or lake. But before you take the plunge, here are a few safety tips to prevent you from sustaining a head injury and regretting that dive for the rest of your life.
 

Summer first aid: the bugs are back!

On a nice sunny day, a friend of mine was playing with her infant nephew at their cottage out in the woods. When the kid accidently hit a nest of wasps with the ball, the annoyed insects quickly launched a group attack on all the humans in the vicinity.

5 reasons to wear a lifejacket

With summer finally here, some of you will certainly be heading out on a boat. Whether you’re in a motorized boat or a canoe, one universal rule applies to all boaters: wearing a lifejacket or a personal flotation device (PFD) can save your life.

Summer first aid: Watch out for ticks and Lyme disease

When the vet told me that my cat had ticks that could be harmful to me, I felt a sudden tingle run down my spine. Luckily, the little black dots in my bed hadn’t yet eaten me alive or given me Lyme disease.

Welcome to my home! Let me show you the emergency exits.

Now that I occasionally rent out my cottage, I often get messages from guests who can’t find a switch or get the Apple TV to work. That’s nothing new. But when a woman texted me at 4 a.m. to tell me that the power was out and she couldn’t find the flashlight, I realized that my safety instructions were a little light on detail. Would people know what to do if there was a fire? Did they know where to shut off the water and find the first aid kit?

Montreal welcomes guests from Mali and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Red Cross

In early March, we had the great pleasure of hosting Nelly Tangua Tangayani, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Red Cross, and Touré Nènè Traoré, from the Mali Red Cross. They spent a week with our Communications team to discuss our respective practices and strengthen their communications capacities.

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