July 30, 2009
Media Release

 Be smart, safe and healthy at the beach this summer

York Region to offer beach safety tips for residents at Town of Georgina event
NEWMARKET – During the summer months, beaches are a popular destination to beat the heat.  The Regional Municipality of York Community and Health Services Department invites residents and members of the media to attend the fourth annual York Region Beach Safety event.
 
During this one-day event, public health staff will lead children, youth and families in a series of fun and free activities.  Activities are designed to increase knowledge about summer health-related concerns, including sun safety, outdoor air quality, beach water safety and drowning/injury prevention. 
 
This year, York Region Community and Health Services will be joined by York Region Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the York Regional Police Marine Unit, Town of Georgina Leisure staff and the Canadian Red Cross.
 
When:  Thursday, August 6th
  Media interviews are available between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
 
Where: De La Salle Beach (located on Lake Drive East, just west of Brule Lakeway)
  Town of Georgina
 
Who:  Beachgoers
York Region Community and Health Services staff
York Region Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
York Regional Police Marine Unit
Town of Georgina Leisure Services staff
Canadian Red Cross
 
Stay safe and keep our beaches clean this summer with these tips:
 
• Keep our water clean –Pick up your garbage and pet waste and avoid feeding birds at the beach
 
• Play Live Be Tobacco-Free - Dispose of cigarettes in ashtrays rather than the street or beach; non bio-degradable cigarette filters can take 10 to15 years to decompose and chemicals they absorb (such as tar, cadmium, lead and arsenic) can contaminate beach water
 
• Use Sunsense – Reduce sun exposure between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are at their strongest; wear clothes that cover your arms and legs, wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher, applied according to directions)
 
• Use caution – On days when air quality is poor, avoid strenuous exercise, limit outdoor activities and drink plenty of fluids
 
• Learn to swim – Drowning is the second most common cause of unintentional death in Canada after traffic accidents; children under the age of five years are most at risk and must be closely supervised near water
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 4016 or After-hours Cell:  905 716-9753
 Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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