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While the summer season is typically a time when many Nova Scotians step back and relax after the rigours of a long winter, it’s still important to be aware of warm-weather safety hazards, and take steps to reduce risk.
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, Nova Scotia has some of the highest rates of melanoma in Canada. To reduce your risk, cover up with hats, pants and long sleeves, and always wear sunglasses with UV protection. Use a sunscreen and lip balm with at least an SPF 30, and spend time in the shade or indoors during breaks. Be sure to report any changes in your skin or suspicious moles to your doctor. Learn more about how to work safely in the sun, here.
Dog Bite Prevention
The risk of dog bites for home-visit workers increases during the summer, as more pets spend time outside. Even the friendliest dog can become territorial when a stranger approaches their home. While it’s up to pet owners to make sure their property is safe for home-visit workers, being prepared is always the best approach.
According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, you can protect yourself from being attacked or bitten on the job, by:
Take the sting out of summer
While many insect stings cause only mild pain and swelling, others can be more serious and require medical attention, especially for people with specific allergies. Insects like bees, wasps or hornets can also be a dangerous distraction while driving or working outdoors. Reduce your risk of getting stung this summer, by:
Find more information and prevention tips, here.