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Tips for a Healthy Summer

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Follow these tips to have a safe and healthy summer.

Summer is upon us, which means warmer weather, longer days, and more opportunities to get outside and enjoy all that nature offers. But summertime also comes with its own set of challenges. To help you make the most of your summer while staying safe and healthy, check out these tips.


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Lyme Disease

Blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, are small and hard to see.

Lyme disease is a potentially serious infection that you can get if you’re bitten by an infected black-legged tick (also called a deer tick).

Know what black-legged ticks look like and learn how to safeguard yourself and your family from Lyme disease.


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West Nile Virus

Anyone bitten by a mosquito carrying West Nile virus can experience symptoms that range from nothing at all to high fever, tremors, muscle weakness and more.

Learn how to protect yourself and reduce your risk of getting West Nile virus.


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Hot Weather Safety

Your body produces heat, especially during physical activity. Hot air, sun rays and hot surfaces also heat your body. This heat is lost by contact with cool air and by sweat production, which cools your body as it evaporates. Weather conditions play a big role in how your body regulates its temperature.

Heat illnesses can affect you quickly, and can lead to long-term health problems and even death.


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Food Safety

Ensuring the safety of food can be challenging this time of year because temperatures are warmer and we often cook outdoors during picnics, barbecues, and camping trips.

Here are some outdoor food safety tips to help keep you and your family safe from food poisoning during the summer.


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Safe Summer Driving

In the summer our highways become busy with travellers, construction and wildlife. Be prepared to share the road.

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Water Safety

Water Safety

For many Canadian families, summer includes activities such as boating and swimming.  Whether you are taking a swim in a pool, jumping in the lake or heading out in a boat, remember to play it safe around water.


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On the shores of Lake Erie, Haldimand and Norfolk feature some great beaches. From Long Point to Selkirk, there’s no shortage of beautiful waterfront. But before heading out for a day at the lake, be aware of safety hazards. Under certain conditions, the lake’s water quality can deteriorate to a point where swimming in the water may result in illness.


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