Stay safe in Halton this summer

As you relax and explore beautiful Halton this summer, remember to be safe on the roads, at the beach and in your own backyard. Halton Region is committed to protecting the safety, health and well-being of all our residents and together as a community we can keep Halton safe. Below are some safety tips and information to keep in mind this weekend and summer long:

Road safety

For many of us, the summer means road trips to our favourite destinations, and particularly during long weekends, the roads will be busier than ever. The Halton Regional Police Service and other police services will be out on the roads targeting high-risk driving behaviors including:

If you notice someone driving aggressively, you can report them through the Road Watch program. Please report intoxicated drivers by dialling 911. To learn more, visit halton.ca/roadsafety.

Beach safety

The beach is a great place to enjoy time with family and friends and in Halton we are fortunate to have several recreational beaches located throughout the region. During the summer months, Halton’s beach water is tested weekly by our Health Department to ensure the water quality is safe for swimming and water activities. Before you head out for the day, find out if the beach you are going to is safe for swimming by dialling 311 or visiting halton.ca/beach.

Always ensure that you stay within sight and reach of your child when they are in or near water. Young children and weak swimmers should wear lifejackets when they are in, or around the water. All passengers should always wear lifejackets when riding in a boat.

Air and heat safety

By signing up to receive environmental alerts to your inbox, you can help protect yourself and your family from the health impacts associated with heat and poor air quality. Sign up to receive alerts at halton.ca/airquality.

When summer is in full swing, it is important to drink plenty of water, take frequent activity breaks and use sun protection. Also remember to visit family members, friends and neighbours to make sure they are staying cool and hydrated, particularly those over the age of 65 who are at a higher-risk for heat-related illnesses. To learn more, visit halton.ca/heat.

Food safety

As you enjoy your backyard barbeque, remember also to handle food safely. To ensure your food is safe for your family and friends, follow these four food safety tips: clean, separate, cook and chill. Also learn how to properly wash and store fresh fruits and vegetables from our local farmers’ markets. To learn more, visit halton.ca/foodsafety.

This summer, make safe choices and practise safe behaviours to ensure that Halton is a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. As always, Halton Regional essential services are available over the weekend and if you should require assistance, please visit halton.ca/311 or dial 311.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.