Barrie Police Service offers some safe-summer boating and travelling tips

Where activities may be water-based, young children should always be supervised and wear a proper personal floatation device (PFD) or lifejacket no matter how strong a swimmer or how old they may be.

The Barrie Police Service is reminding the residents that they have the ability to make the summer of 2019 one to remember for all the right reasons.
By simply incorporating a few extra minutes into your planning and preparation, this will ensure that you and your family can enjoy the whole summer and not just part of it.
The family vehicle will no doubt be the one of the most important items that should be properly checked before heading anywhere this summer. By making sure that vehicle is road worthy, you want to make sure that everything from the tires to the engine is working properly and that all the fluid levels are topped off.
A mechanical inspection and tuneup are good ideas to give the peace of mind that your vehicle will deliver you to and from your destinations.  This holds true for travel trailers and boats as well – by taking the time now, you will ensure that they can deliver what they are meant to provide when you are away.
For people who may be away for an extended period of time, it is important to give your home the look that someone is there, even when you may not be. Having the lawn cut, picking up papers and flyers, interior and exterior lights on timers and even a neighbour’s car in the driveway can all help.
Where activities may be water-based, young children should always be supervised and wear a proper personal floatation device (PFD) or lifejacket no matter how strong a swimmer or how old they may be. Non-swimmers should always wear a PFD when entering a pool or a lake as we have seen far too many people lose their lives because they were not prepared properly for the water they entered.
When packing your vehicle and trailer, always ensure that any loose items are properly secured and remember to stop occasionally to check that nothing has loosed up while you have travelling. Drivers should also pack a little patience and always give yourself plenty of time to get to where you wish to go. As motorists, you have no control over road closures, lane reductions due to seasonal construction or broken down vehicles that create a visual distraction for everyone travelling on that stretch of road.
Don’t become a victim of crime as it is preventable in most cases. By always locking your vehicle, securing valuables out of sight and following some of these safety tips, your summer can be one to remember for the right reasons.

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