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Things to consider for spring break

It’s the time of year when many schools have a spring or March break and often families will take advantage of the time off to travel or get active. So, there are probably a few things to do to prepare for safe adventures this break. Whether it’s preparing to take a tropical trip or getting ready to entertain out-of-school youth, here are some tips to get ready.

Heading for Hotter Sun

Maybe you’re taking the time off to get away and are heading for stronger sun this time of year. If you’re lucky enough to be heading to warmer climates for a break, take note of these tips as part of your trip preparations.
  • Stay safe in the sun:

    Safety tips for trips to hotter climateWhen enjoying warm weather, you should be aware of heat-related illnesses. Signs of heat exhaustion include pale or red skin, dizziness, nausea, moist skin, weakness, exhaustion and a normal or raised body temperature. When in hot climates, prevent heat-related emergencies by knowing the signs and symptoms and how to treat heat-related emergencies.
  • Stay safe near open water:
          Enjoy the oceans and water-related activities that being in warm climates bring with these open water safety tips.

Staying at home? Take a plunge!

If you’re staying local for the break, there are still ways to keep active with water-play. Consider going to your local community pool for leisure swimming or classes for all ages. In the colder months, swimming is a great way to keep active; read these reasons why swimming is a great idea during winter months.

Find more swimming and water safety tips and resources here.

Outdoor break

Safety tips for outdoor adventure this spring breakThere are plenty of things to do outdoors this time of year, such as taking the family skating. But with weather fluctuations at this time of year, it’s important to note the many factors that affect ice safety – learn more about ice safety.

Whatever activity you get involved in, basic first aid could go a long way in an emergency, especially if your adventures take you to more remote parts of the outdoors.

There is no substitute for taking a first aid class and, in an emergency, you should call trained medical professionals. But there are preventative measures you can take to prepare for your outdoor adventure:
Before you go out, dress in layers of tightly woven fabrics such as wool or synthetics. Drink plenty of fluids during winter activities such as snowshoeing, skiing, or shovelling. And know how to prevent, look for and treat cold-related emergencies.

Life-saving tips on hand

No matter how you are spending the break, have first aid resources at your fingertips with the Canadian Red Cross First Aid AppBy downloading the app, you will have life-saving tips and resources at hand and will be better equipped to respond to everyday emergencies. Also, preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at any time, even without reception or an Internet connection. 
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