Summer burst into its full glory this week in Victoria. Time to fire up the barbecue, head to the beach and enjoy the sun.
However, without becoming a total buzz kill, here are a couple of points that seem to need repeating every year.
First: Be careful out there.
Our regional beaches and lakes are inviting on hot summer days as they are potentially deadly. Under tow, large waves and underwater snags, hot sun, can turn fun at the beach into a tragedy. And keep it alcohol free. Water and alcohol simply do not mix. Not only is it unsafe, it’s illegal.
The summer sun is great, but remember it can also can be a killer. Don’t leave your pet in a vehicle for any reason, for any length of time. An open window and a bowl of water won’t help an animal trapped in a hot car.
Remember, too, that the sun we miss so much during the winter rains packs a wicked punch. Recent reports indicate that instances of skin cancer remain high, despite years of warnings. So if you’re going outside, even if the clouds creep in, wear some sunscreen.
Second: Be respectful.
The simple rule – pack it in, pack it out – seems lost on far too many people. Enjoy that early morning coffee by the lake, but don’t leave the empty cup on the bench for someone else to dispose of.
Gathering up all the garbage and leaving it in a green garbage bag by the roadside is a nice thought.
And speaking of which: if it’s your dog, what’s left behind is your responsibility. Greater Victoria has some spectacular parks and walking trails; they’re not made better studded by dog feces.
Victoria is a great place to be in the summertime. A couple of simple rules can make it even better.