Every year, Canada Day draws huge crowds together in a patriotic celebration of the nation's Confederation in 1867. It's a day to celebrate being Canadian in unity with strangers gathered in beaches, parks and other public areas; a well-produced fireworks show finishes the day off.
While Canada Day long weekend prompts for celebrations of different types, it is also important to note that large crowds in public areas also poses a number of heightened health and safety risks. Although security teams may be present to assist with resolving conflicts, help with the reinforcement of laws and regulations and liaise with the police if required, preventing violence or any activity compromising safety is also a community effort.
Here are 2 key things to be aware of coming into the Canada Day 150 long weekend:
Be aware of your surroundings while you are attending an event or public gathering.
- Be a part of the solution this Canada Day by reporting any suspicious activities to the appropriate law and safety enforcement. It is also important to know that the risk of accidental injury increases in large crowds; locating the exit routes and being aware of available medical facilities is crucial knowledge. Factors such as drug and alcohol use, heightened political tensions or religious fervor can contribute to violent behaviour. When noticing tensions rise in situations, have an escape plan.
Be aware of the weather
- Be sure to check the weather forecast the day before and dress appropriately. If you know it will be hot, remember to stay safe in the sun and stay hydrated.
Safety and security is important to be cognizant of this Canada Day long weekend. Be sure to plan ahead to ensure an enjoyable event with your family and friends.