Be safe over the holiday weekend

Between fires and fatalities, the local news has been dominated by devastating stories.

In some cases, these situations could have easily been avoided, so whether you’re hiking in the mountains, lounging on the lake or cruising the highways, vigilance is critical.

As an example, we all know there is a campfire ban so there should be no human-caused wildfires. While campfires are a summer tradition, the need to safeguard homes and lives during hot temperatures takes precedent. If you spot a wildfire, immediately call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a mobile phone.

As for the suspicious fires occurring in Greater Vernon, let’s keep an eye out at all hours. Anyone who sees anything remotely suspicious should alert the RCMP so a suspect can be identified.

Okanagan summers also mean a time for enjoying the water and during this long weekend, the beaches and lakes will be extremely busy. Have fun and keep cool, but remember that there are inherent risks around water. Keep an eye on small children, wear a life jacket and be aware of your surroundings.

And the long weekend also means a lot of traffic on local highways, and as the RCMP have indicated recently, some motorists continue to ignore posted speed limits. Excessive speed puts everyone on the road at risk.

We all need to slow down, be patient and stay alert on the roads to ensure we all get home safe and sound.

May this B.C. Day long weekend be a safe and memorable one for everyone in the North Okanagan.


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