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June 27, 2013
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Make safety a priority this Canada Day weekend

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The Canada Day weekend offers many opportunities for celebrations with family and friends, but I urge Islanders and visitors to plan to celebrate safely, says Janice Sherry, Minister Responsible for the Office of Public Safety.

“While fireworks are traditionally part of Canada Day celebrations, I want to remind Islanders and visitors that the display, sale and possession of fireworks by anyone without a permit is prohibited in Prince Edward Island,” said Ms. Sherry. “Fireworks are not toys. They are dangerous explosive devices that should only be handled by experienced and licensed professionals.”

The Office of Public Safety offers the following additional tips to help ensure celebrations are fun, but safe, this weekend and throughout the summer:

• Store flammable liquids outside the home in a cool ventilated area, like a locked, detached shed, not in your home or vehicle.

• Ensure boats, RVs and cottages have proper safety equipment, including first aid kits and fire extinguishers.

• Teach children how to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency. Call 911 to report a fire, report a crime or save a life. This includes reporting a suspected impaired driver.

• Make a household emergency plan and review emergency action steps with all family members.

• Consider using a noncombustible material such as crushed rock or pea gravel instead of combustible mulch next to your home or deck.

• Dispose of smoking material properly and never in a flower pot or garden.

• Always keep the lid open when lighting your barbeque. If not using an ignition button, always light the match or lighter first, before turning on the propane.

• Remember the lightning safety rule – When thunder roars, go indoors.

• Replace old or worn out civic address signs. Remember, emergency responders can’t help you if they can’t find you.

For more information on these tips and for many more summer safety tips including safety at the beach, food safety, hurricane safety and safety in extreme heat, go to

Media Contact: Connie McNeill
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