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AHS: Stay safe and prevent injuries this summer

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is encouraging Albertans to keep themselves and their loved ones safe as they enjoy summer
Alberta Health Services says to wear the right helmet for the right activity to stay safe this summer.

Summer, when the weather is hot and kids are out of school, is a great time to hit the road and enjoy the great outdoors, however, when adventuring with your family, Alberta Health Services has some tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this season.

At the playground:
- Always supervise young children. Actively watch your child and stay close enough to take action, if needed.
- Take the Playground Safety Yes Test to see if young children are ready for safe play.
- Remove necklaces or hooded sweatshirts as these can get caught in playground equipment.
When bicycling, skateboarding, inline skating or other outdoor activities:
- Wear a helmet and always check the helmet fits correctly.
- Replace helmet after five years or after any crash when the person wearing the helmet has hit his/her head.
- Never use a helmet with missing parts and ensure all straps, adjusters and fasteners are working correctly.
- Wear the right helmet for the right activity. Driving motorized off-highway vehicles, such as ATVs, dirt bikes, quads and side-by-sides, need specific helmets.
When driving:

- Make sure children are in the correct car seat or booster seat for their age and size.
- Do not use handheld devices of any kind when you are behind the wheel.
- Look out for pedestrians and cyclists and be patient as they cross or occupy the road.
- Manage your speed. Follow speed limits and be patient especially in 30 km/h or 40 km/hour zones.

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