Boaters: Wear Your Life Jacket or PFD!
On the evening of June 7, a Surrey man fell overboard into the Fraser River while he was trying to free his boat from pilings and barges near the Alex Fraser Bridge. The man did not resurface. Delta Police conducted an extensive search that night plus the following morning. The man could not swim and was not wearing a life jacket. Four days later RCMP conducted another shoreline search but with no success. It remains an open missing person investigation.
According to the Canadian Red Cross, hundreds of Canadians drown every year when boating. Most of them, over 87%, are not wearing a lifejacket or a PFD (or did not have it done up properly) when they drown.* On average, 97 deaths occur from unexpected falls into water.
Itís the law to have a life jacket or PFD on board for every person in the boat. But, if you donít wear it, it canít save you. Having a life jacket close by isnít close enough when your buddy, who canít swim well, falls into the water. Wear it and, as the Canadian Red Cross says, every boating outing will be a return trip.
*Canadian Red Cross Drowning Research
More boating and water safety tips here
What To Do if You are Bullied and Harassed
WorkSafeBC has developed new policies to help workers, employers and supervisors prevent and address workplace bullying and harassment. If you witness or experience bullying and harassment at work, report it to your employer. How? This checklist outlines actions you can take, such as checking company policy and procedures, and how to document incidents.
If your employer fails to take reasonable steps to address the incident, you can submit an online complaint form to WorkSafeBC here.
See more WorkSafeBC resources on workplace bullying and harassment here.
Fun and Fitness via GPS
Need a practical idea for getting your computer-crazy kids outdoors this summer?
More info at B.C. Geocaching Association
Try geocaching Ė an activity that uses GPS to find objects that other geocachers have hidden outdoors then registered and recorded online. Only a decade old, the sport has 6 million geocachers around the world and about 2.5 million active hidden objects (or geocaches). Chances are good that some are stashed near you!
How to begin?
Bonus: Before you go on vacation or crisscross Metro Vancouver to visit family, check online for caches in that area. Itíll give your kids something to do wherever you are.
- Read Geocaching 101 to learn the basics of the game.
- Dust off your mobile GPS unit or purchase one.
- Sign up for a membership at www.geocaching.com. Some GPS purchases include a free membership.
- With your kids at the computer, go to www.geocaching.com and key in your postal code to see how many caches are hidden nearby. Select ones you want to find and download the info onto your unit. All caches are rated easy, moderate or difficult to find.
- Grab the kids and head outdoors to find your first geocache.
What's On In
Food Cart Fest
Sundays until August 31
TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
June 20 - July 1
Celebrate Canada Day at Canada Place
Ladner Village Market
Sundays, 10 Ė 4 p.m., July 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7
Boundary Bay Air Show, a free community event
Pacific National Exhibition
August 16 Ė September 1
The North Shore Mountains
FIVE TIPS TO KEEP YOU ALIVE
Every summer, North Shore Rescue finds stranded hikers, rescues lost tourists and airlifts ill-prepared locals to safety. Why? Because people assume the mountains are like a walk in the park. But, they arenít. The North Shore Mountains are a wilderness area, with steep terrain, treacherous canyons and impassable areas.
Here are five tips that will save your life:
- Always carry the 10 Essentials
- Research and plan your trip.
- Always tell a reliable person where you are going and when you expect to return.
- Never hike alone.
- If you get lost or stranded, donít head downhill. Stay put and call for help.
Quick Safety Tip
THE LADDER CHALLENGE
Hereís an easy way to brush up on ladder safety for the summer. The Ladder Challenge is an online safety game that you and your crew can play to promote safety and awareness on and off the roof.