Category: Safety at home

Photo of chocolate Lab dog in water at a sandy beach in summer.

Summer is nearly here. Keep these summer safety tips in mind at home, at work, on vacation, and on the road. Now let’s have some fun and enjoy the season!  Eating outside is one of my favourite things about summer – except when wasps show up. Sometimes people try to swat them away, but this […]

Photo of can of stain and rags for doing staining work

Did you know that oily rags can ignite without a spark? That’s exactly how one family’s garage burned down. No one was hurt, but they learned a tough lesson.  Are you planning on painting your house or doing some staining? If so, please remember to be careful with any oily rags you may have left […]

Photo of a penguin walking

Take an icy cold snap, add lots of rain, and up goes the risk of slipping and falling. How can people walk more safely while at work and in the community?  One night, during B.C.’s intense 2017 winter season, I found my neighbour’s phone on the ground, beside the path and under a tree. I […]

Photo of a hand testing a domestic smoke alarm

The BC Smoke Alarm Movement wants to see a smoke alarm in every home. They’ve distributed and installed more than 41,000 alarms during the past three years.  One Christmas, my friend got a smoke alarm from his grandma. I wrote about it in my post Give the gift of safety this holiday season. Thankfully, there […]

Photo of holiday shopping bags in hands of person walking past Christmas decor

It’s the holiday season. What could go wrong? Let’s think about safety issues at work, at home, in the community – while shopping, driving, and walking.  Each year, I list hazards to look out for during the winter holiday season, and here I am doing it again. Please keep these tips in mind, share them […]

Photo of hand turning valve at top of portable propane tank

Portable propane tanks need to be stored and used properly. Ensure valves are locked in place when heating with propane. Use a CO2 detector to detect leaks.  I just moved my propane tank after reading this Propane Safety reminder from FortisBC. I’ve had a propane barbecue for years and lately I’ve been using it as […]

Photo of a Halloween jack-o-lantern with pumpkin seeds coming out of its mouth, looking like vomit

Have fun and stay safe on Halloween. Here’s a sample of Halloween safety tips published by different organizations in 2017. Please read and share them!  Every year around this time, I scan the web for new Halloween safety resources. Here’s what I found, along with a few past ones that bear repeating. Traffic safety for […]

Photo of a hand holding a key, unlocking a door

Many people in B.C. are going home after wildfire evacuations. Keep these tips in mind to make sure your transition home is as safe and smooth as possible.  Public safety officials are reaching out to evacuees returning home after being displaced by wildfires in B.C. It’s hard to imagine the emotional impact of seeing your […]

Photo of a person lying on an air mattress floating on a lake

Working in the heat? Floating on a lake? Packing your car for a road trip? Please read and share these summer safety tips and enjoy the season.  It’s official as of June 20: Summer has arrived! I’m planning to enjoy it and hope you are, too. Here are some summer safety tips I collected from […]

Photo of hands setting time on watch

Daylight Savings Time brings an extra hour of daylight — along with increased fatigue and some road safety issues you should be aware of.  Here in B.C., we turn the clocks ahead one hour at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 12. This marks the start of 2017 Daylight Savings Time, giving us an extra hour […]