Protect Your Skin!

This summer has been exceptionally hot. Most people in this heat are searching for shade but some are still looking to get that perfect tan.

Many like the look of a tan but in recent years increasing levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation has meant that those worshipping the sun are exposed to risks of skin cancer and premature aging.

According to the Cancer Society, "no tan is a healthy tan". Over time,tanned skin becomes more wrinkled, leathery, saggy and blotchy. Having a "base tan" does not offer protection against further sun damage. Over the years with each exposure to the sun, the damage builds up and it may take 10 to 30 years to become apparent.

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit website provides tips on how one can protect themselves against damage cause by UV rays.


BBQ Safety Tips

The barbecue season is upon us and the following are a few barbecue safety tips:

  • Before starting up your barbecue for the first time, you should check all the fittings and connections. These should be tight and not leaking.
  • Replace an damaged or worn parts of your grill.
  • Make sure that your burners are not clogged and also that none of the tubes are kinked.
  • Check for gas leaks at least once per season or after a period of non-use. With the BBQ valve "OFF" and the propane valve "ON" spread a soapy solution (water and dish detergent, 50/50) on the hose fittings and valves. Bubbles indicate a leak and you must replace or repair the part before using your BBQ.
  • Banish bugs, insects, spiders as these will make nests and webs inside the venturi tubes. With a small brush or pipe cleaner, be sure to clean the tubes regularly to prevent blockages that may cause a fire.
  • Always ensure that you barbecue at least 15 feet away from any building.
  • When you turn on the gas and apply the flame, make sure that the hood is open. If the barbeque doesn't ignite, turn the control valves off, wait five minutes and try again.
  • Make sure that children and pets are kept away from the lit grill.
  • Propane tanks should be kept outdoors in an upright position.

Additional safety tips, and also great recipes can be found at


Tips for Home Safety

  • Extension cords should not serve more than one appliance, since overloading a cord can create heat that could lead to fire.
  • Any old newspapers, rubbish and other combustibles in the cellar, attic, closets and garage should be thrown out.
  • Never store combustibles near stairs or sources of heat.
  • Combustibles such as paint, varnish, turpentine, vegetable based oils and lighter fluids should be kept in tightly closed metal cans - not glass containers! Keep them away from furnaces and other heat and flame sources.
  • Furnace and heating system should be checked regularly.
  • Lower your water temperature. Water from your hot water tap should be 120 degrees Farenheit (49 degrees Celsius) to prevent scalp burns.


Northwestern Ontario 2001 Injury Prevention Inventory - This inventory provides information that should assist organizations to network and/or access additional injury prevention resources. (The report is available for download in PDF format.)

Additional reports are available at Northwestern Ontario District Health Council, at