Our View: Hot weekend: fun and danger


B.C. Day is a time for celebration.

Lots of folks find the best way to celebrate is to get away and enjoy some vacation time.

After all, it’s summer, and what better time is there to enjoy some of the great sights and activities that nature provides us throughout the province.

The first rule of enjoying any vacation spot is to make sure you get there safely.

Drive carefully, and plan your holiday trip so you’re not rushing to get away at the last minute. Speed kills on the highways, especially when it is combined with distractions caused by stress or cellphones.

Make sure your vehicle is in good condition: brakes are in good order, tires properly inflated, no mechanical defects to leave your family trip to unfortunate chance.

It’s hot out there. Take that into account when you’re setting up for your road trip. Make sure you’re family is equipped with plenty of fluids, pack up the sunscreen to block those intense UV rays, and treat your vehicle with respect – it can become your enemy in the hot sun.

The danger of hot, closed cars has been mentioned a lot this year – but that’s because, time and again, some people have failed to get the message.

The temperature in a parked car, even in the shade with the windows partly open, can rapidly reach a level that will seriously harm or even kill your pet or child. When temperatures reach 27ºC outside, the inside of your car can reach 36ºC, at which it can cause serious sickness in pets and children in less than 30 minutes.

And it doesn’t stop there. Temperatures can easily go higher still, shortening the time it takes to create a dangerous living environment. Heat stroke can occur when body temperature exceeds 40ºC.

Get out this weekend and enjoy it to the fullest. But if you see a pet in distress, or any child at all locked in a car, don’t hesitate-call 9-1-1. You may save a life.

– B.G.

Just Posted

Throwback Thursday: August 16, 2018

Can you help us caption a photo from Langley’s past?

Langley’s Tbird preps to welcome Mounties for Musical Ride

The equestrian spectacle is coming to Langley Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

VIDEO: Langley Advance reader gears up to shop

Heather Green will do some reconnaissance ahead of her 1,000-second shopping spree next week.

Richter drops out of Langley Township mayoral race

The longtime councillor said she will run again for the council seat she’s held since the late 1990s.

Langley teacher who screamed at, grabbed elementary students suspended

This is the second four-month suspension for the Langley teacher.

B.C. wildfires 2018: Hazy skies impacting crews in spotting new fires

18,000 people are on an evacuation alert, with 3,000 homes under an evacuation order

Police responding to ‘unfolding’ incident in Maple Ridge suburb

Helicopter, dog team, guns drawn and 16 police vehicles at Maple Ridge property

Red Cross now accepting donations for those impacted by B.C. wildfires

The Canadian Red Cross is asking for help now and in the weeks and months ahead.

1954-built trolleybus hits Vancouver roads for 70th anniversary

TransLink to offer free rides on a retrofitted electric trolley bus to commemorate anniversary

B.C. program to educate parents reduces ‘shaken baby syndrome’ by 35%

Period of PURPLE Crying was launched nearly a decade ago

B.C. golfer, just 23, scores the rare albatross

Six-million-to-one shot a first for the Terrace club

Fredericton widow swears at Trudeau during condolence call

Widow of man killed in Fredericton shooting says she swore at Trudeau during condolence call.

Tim Hortons promises leaky lids on coffee cups to be phased out

Tim Hortons looks to rebuild its brand with better lid, new marketing campaign

‘There’s been a lot of devastation:’ man whose family lost homes in B.C. fire

The provincial government declared a state of emergency Wednesday as more than 550 wildfires burn in every corner of B.C.

Most Read