Stay safe ˙ Jun 05, 2018

Staying safe this summer

Staying safe this summer

Although flu season and other risks apparent in winter are beginning to wane, Ontario residents should be prepared to navigate the various dangers of late spring and early summer. Because so many Ontarians love to get outside once the temperatures begin to rise, wildlife and other natural threats are at the top of the list, while other risks are more tied to lifestyle choices and preparation before going into the wild. 

Safe photography
Ontario is home to wide range of wildlife, and suffice it to say that many of the animals found in the province can be extremely dangerous. This is why officials from Parks Ontario warn residents to avoid shoddy, unorthodox photography practices to both protect themselves and the wildlife that serve as their subjects, The Canadian Press reported. 

According to the news provider, Parks Ontario has fielded calls ranging from unethical baiting of animals through tactics like putting peanut butter on a tree to individuals literally chasing after a moose. The officials noted that while the initial perpetrator might be free and clear, such actions could lead to the animals becoming more dangerous and apprehensive toward humans in the future. 

"I think a lot of it is driven by increases in the accessibility of digital photography, and social media, because everyone is showing their pictures and everyone else wants to get great pictures too," David Legros, an ecologist at Parks Ontario, told CityNews.

At the end of the day, moose, bears and the other fauna that inhabit Ontario's massive ecological landscapes are extremely dangerous and often protected by stringent laws. Be smart and respectful when going out into the woods. 

Ticks and sun protection
Regardless of where you go this summer, two common threats will likely be relatively close by: ticks and UV rays. Merck Animal Health, in conjunction with The Harris Poll, released a study that found 33 percent of individuals who own an animal in North America fail to protect their pets from fleas and ticks, and even more do not prophylactically screen for relevant parasites carried by those bugs. 

If you own a dog and are bringing it out into the wild, make sure it is protected against what could be extremely dangerous infections passed by small pests. Additionally, you will want to take smart measures to avoid these risks yourself, and also ensure you are properly prepared to be out in the sun. 

Narcity recently reported officials have warned Canadians about an increasingly popular brand of sunscreen that is taken in tablet form, called Sunsafe RX. According to the health experts who spoke to the site, it is impossible to get any type of tangible sun protection from a tablet, and that clothing, topical creams and other external prevention methods are the only way to go. 

Stay safe out there this summer, Ontario, and enjoy the warmer weather!