June 28, 2014 - 11:29 AM
KAMLOOPS – We could all use a refresher on staying alive before we rush out to set up a tent or crack a cold one for the Canada Day festivities.
Campers are advised to take note of any change in campfire bans during fire season. Small, contained campfires up to 0.5 metres in diameter are permitted. To extinguish your campfire properly, use a shovel and at least eight litres of water.
Extinguish your campfire if it's windy, of course, never leave your campfire unattended. Before you decide on making smores over the fire, check burning restrictions at the B.C. Wildfire Management website. The branch has responded to over 300 wildfires so far this year – most of which were human-caused.
ICBC is warning drivers police will be conducting checks for impaired drivers across the province over the long weekend.
Each year in B.C. an average of 44 people are killed in impaired-related crashes during the summer-months.
In the Souther Interior an average of 14 people are killed in alcohol related crashes each summer.
Remember to always find a safe ride home and plan your designated driver for Canada Day.
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