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May long outdoor safety precautions

Not to spoil anyone’s weekend plans, but May long could hold some showers Monday into Tuesday for Lloydminster and area.

Given the wildfire situation in both Alberta and Saskatchewan, a good slow soaker would be welcomed by fire fighters and area producers who have been seeding.

While the hottest day appears to be Sunday, outdoor lovers should take all the necessary precautions to protect themselves over the holiday weekend with sunscreen, proper clothing and staying hydrated, say AHS officials.

Residents are also advised to monitor road conditions on the various apps or websites like 511 Alberta and the Highway Hotline in Saskatchewan. Also, to note fire bans which are listed online in both provinces.

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In the case of Alberta where a state of emergency exists, the use of off high vehicles has been banned due to the ongoing wildfires. As of Friday afternoon, there are 91 active fires in Alberta, 26 are listed as out of control. Of the 91 fires, 20 are listed as being caused by humans.

With respect to practicing safety on the highways, SGI has issued its May long playlist which includes hits on phone use, drinking and driving and speeding.

The speeding hit reads,”Slow Ride. Take it easy. Your little red corvette may be a fast car, but you still need to obey the speed limit.”

While in a further hit to deal with intoxication the Saskatchewan insurer advocates safety first by saying,”Drive My Car. If you’ve been day drinking or spending some time with friends in low places, hand over your keys to a sober designated driver.”

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