safety-tips JP Maher is a local Fraser Valley self advocate who is focused on his own safety and the well being of others. He will be posting a variety of safety tips for self advocates and others. Feel free to leave some suggestions for JP by emailing him at . JP will consider your questions or comments as soon as possible. Note that not all suggestions make it into JP’s Safety Tips do to being the same concerns repeated


Halloween Safety

Choose the right costume Ensure that your children are dressed appropriately for Halloween. Look for costumes and accessories such as beards, wigs, wings and tails that are labelled flame-resistant. Flowing skirts and capes, baggy sleeves and over-sized costumes can all be hazards around candles or flames. Nylon or heavyweight polyester costumes are best. Remember, flame-resistant does not mean fire-proof. Pick brightly coloured costumes that can be clearly seen by motorists.

Thanksgiving Dinner Preparation Food Safety Tips

The Thanksgiving meal is the largest many cooks prepare each year. Getting it just right, especially the turkey, brings a fair amount of pressure whether or not a host is experienced with roasting one. Follow these tips to make sure your Thanksgiving meal is both delicious and safe to serve. Steps to follow before cooking a turkey: Read labels carefully. Temperature labels show if the bird is fresh or frozen.

Planning for and dealing with Forest Fires

Forest Fire Safety Tips There are approximately 8,000 forest fires in Canada each year. Fires caused by lightning represent 45 per cent of all fires, but because they occur in remote locations and often in clusters, they represent 81 per cent of total area burned. The regions most at risk are British Columbia, and the Boreal forest zones of Ontario, Quebec, the Prairie Provinces, and the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Heat Safety

Extreme heat: heat waves Many places in Canada have a high number of extreme heat events, often called “heat waves.” Extreme heat can put your health at risk, causing illnesses like heat stroke and even death. It is important to take steps to protect yourself and your family. What are extreme heat events? Extreme heat events involve high temperatures and sometimes high humidity. Although the level of temperature extremes may vary

Ransomware Safety

Ransomware is a form of malware that provides criminals with the ability to lock a computer from a remote location – then display a pop-up window informing the owner or user that it will not be unlocked until a sum of money is paid. Recent well-publicised examples are CryptoLocker, Cryptowall and WannaCry (and variants of these under different names.   Get Safe Online’s top tips… If you have been affected by

Flood preparedness tips for B.C. residents

Victoria Tuesday, May 9, 2017 2:00 PM While  flood waters in many areas of the Central and Southwest regions of the British Columbia are currently dropping, the Province is recommending that homeowners take proactive steps to prepare for inclement weather and possible flooding. Given high water levels on B.C. lakes, streams and rivers in many areas of the province, residents are strongly encouraged to follow the advice of local emergency

Facebook Safety

  1) Check Your Facebook Privacy Controls – By default, Facebook privacy controls still expose a lot of data. The first and foremost guide to Facebook safety is to change the privacy controls according to your needs and keep checking them often as Facebook is known to update its privacy terms and conditions without warning. 2) Don’t Write All Your Personal Information on Facebook – Facebook is a social networking

Gifting Circle Or Women’s Wisdom Circle

The Better Business Bureau is issuing a warning about a scam targeting women that could cost them thousands of dollars. Evan Kelly from the BBB says the scam is called a “Gifting Circle” or “Women’s Wisdom Circle.” “It all seems very legitimate helping another woman in need or a family overseas, until you are left empty-handed,” Kelly said. The scam had fallen off the radar, said Kelly, but has since

Opioid Drug Crisis

  Canada faces a serious and growing opioid crisis. We see its consequences in the rates of addiction, overdoses, and deaths across the country. This is a complex health and social issue with devastating consequences for individuals, families, and communities. The response to this crisis needs to be comprehensive, collaborative, compassionate and evidence-based. On November 18, 2016, we heard a number of perspectives on this crisis: from people who use

Tips to prevent overdose

If you think someone may be having an overdose call 9-1-1 immediately, do not delay. If you use drugs purchased from the illicit market, occasionally or regularly, these tips can help to reduce or even prevent an overdose. Know your health status and your tolerance Do not mix drugs and alcohol. If you do mix, choose to use drugs before alcohol Be aware: using drugs while on prescribed medications can increase

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