Category: Safety at home

Photo of a hand installing spiral compact fluorescent lightbulb in a recessed white ceiling fixture

Compact fluorescent lightbulbs contain mercury and must be handled with care — both at home and in the recycling facilities where they are broken down.  Even though LED lights and bulbs are becoming more and more common, enter any household and you’re likely to still see compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFLs) in use. Geoff Clark, a […]

Photo of asbestos-containing thermal pipe insulation labelled by an inspector

Homeowners planning renos need to find out if their homes have asbestos, which, if not handled safely, can be deadly.  Raeleen Minchuk Prokopetz was less than a year old when she was exposed to asbestos during a home renovation. It happened “back in the late ’70s when there was no concern for asbestos,” she said, […]

Photo of young child in winter gear, using skis on flat ground covered with snow, and nearby trees covered in snow

Consider the gift of safety for people on your shopping list this winter. Here are a few gift ideas for keeping people safe as we head into the year 2020.  In this post, here are a few gift ideas related to safety topics I’ve covered. Protection from cold weather Help people ward off the cold […]

Photo of children in Halloween costumes out trick-or-treating

Trick-or-treating is a big part of Halloween and many people will be walking, driving, or handing out candy. Please keep these safety tips in mind.  Trick-or-treating was serious business when I was a kid! We spent many hours at it, amassing huge bags of goodies. Even if your neighbourhood doesn’t see a lot of trick-or-treaters, […]

Photo of two houses surrounded by evergreens with mountains behind

Preparing for wildfires in B.C. is a shared responsibility. Here are FireSmartBC’s tips for mitigating the threat of wildfires in your community.  Many communities in B.C. are in or near heavily forested areas. People who live, work, and play in these areas need to be prepared for wildfires. Wildfires don’t just affect communities in remote […]

Photo of a person walking in shallow water on beach

It’s almost summer again. Here are a few safety tips for you to keep in mind while you’re on vacation, at home, or at work. Enjoy the season!  Please have fun this summer and keep these safety tips in mind. Water safety In Summer Water Safety, the Canadian Red Cross reminds us to be careful […]

Photo of small child watering red tulips using toy watering can

We look forward to more time outdoors as we move into the warmer temperatures of spring. Please read these important reminders on keeping yourself safe.  Please keep these safety tips in mind this spring and share them with your contacts. Add your own safety tips in the Comments section at the end. (I love reading […]

Photo of person in jeans in deep snow with a shovel full of snow

Winter’s not over yet. Be prepared for sub-zero temperatures at work, at play, and on your way. Avoid frostbite, hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning.  Winter is nearly over, but it’s not over yet. Let’s stay prepared for sub-zero temperatures. Employers need to plan for outdoor workers According to this WorkSafeBC news release, Bitter cold means heightened […]

Photo of woam in dark hooded coat and mitts clearing snow from car windows

The holiday season is here. Check out these holiday safety tips, whether you’re on vacation or at work, and share your tips for staying safe this winter.  It’s time for my annual list of safety tips for winter. Please keep them in mind, share them with your contacts, and add your own tips in the […]

Photo of woman taking children in Halloween costumes along a sidewalk

Halloween is a time for fun and treats, but let’s not forget about staying safe. I write about this every year because it’s important to remember.  Halloween is nearly here – so please check out these important safety reminders. Choosing Halloween costumes Choose Halloween costumes with health and safety in mind. The Alberta College and […]