Life is full of adventures; however, there are many dangers and risks that should be avoided. When walking your pet, walking to and from work, going to a restaurant, club or exercising, try to avoid doing this alone. Walk in a group or pairs! Not only can this be enjoyable, but it also helps minimize the opportunity of danger (such as being mugged or molested) approaching you. If you have to walk alone, follow Genesis Security Groups Top 10 “Tips for Safely Walking Alone”.
Carry a cell phone. A cell phone is great to you use if there is an emergency. Before taking your cell phone with you, ensure it is charged and the contact numbers are on speed dial.
Carry a noise maker (i.e. whistle or personal alarm) to alert others if something is wrong.
If you plan to walk in the dark, wear bright reflective clothing and carry a flashlight. This will help increase visibility for other drivers.
Avoid wearing headphones in your ear while walking. If you wish to listen to music with headphones, have a headphone in one ear. This is an important step to follow, as you may not be alert and able to hear if danger is approaching.
Walk with confidence. Don’t look afraid, walk with your head up, at a steady pace, and provide eye contact to individuals who pass you.
Let someone know your where about’s including the route you will be taking and the time you plan to leave and return.
Walk facing traffic! Especially if there are no sidewalks this will better help you prepare for dangers that may be coming towards you.
Avoid taking short cuts and walking in dark alleys. It is important to stay in areas that are well lit and busy.
Trust your instincts! If you have a feeling someone is following you cross the road and go to a location that is public and safe such as the nearest gas station, police station or restaurant.
Have your keys ready! This will help avoid searching for them and being distracted while trying to get into your car or house.
Remembrance Day is an important holiday…. a day where we pause and wear a poppy to honour the many war veterans who fought and gave their lives in the First and Second World wars. Here are the Top 10 “Poppy Day Facts” to better understand the significance of November 11th:
Armistice Day (1918), now known as Remembrance Day (1945) was founded November 11, 1918 when Germany ended World War One by signing and declaring peace.
The first Armistice Day was celebrated in Britain on November 11, 1921 and raised £106 000.00.
The Red Poppy icon is used to mark November 11th. The symbol was taken from the poem “In Flanders Field” (Canadian Lt. Colonel John McCrae). The poppies grew wild on many of the graves of the fallen, and most people thought it represented the blood that was shed.
Individuals can purchase (by donation) a poppy from a variety of locations (i.e. Coffee Shops, retail stores, libraries, schools etc.). The money is used to assist veterans, primarily with medical costs.
On November 11th at 11:00 a.m. individuals are requested to stop and take two minutes of silence to reflect and pay their respects to the many people who fought and died in the wars.
Remembrance Day is celebrated in churches by laying a poppy wreath on the Cenotaph during the ceremony. “The most famous Remembrance Day ceremony is held at the Cenotaph located in London near the House of Parliament. The attendees at the event include: The Royal Family, Prime Minister, Heads of State and other Service Personnel”. (source).
There are various names used to symbolize November 11th including: Poppy Day, Veterans Day, and Remembrance Day.
Important songs and poems heard during Remembrance Day ceremonies are:In Flanders Field(Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae),Last Post (Carol Ann Duffy),Poppy Petals (Buckley-Clark/ Wedgbury)
Remembrance Day events will be celebrated at various locations in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, and Delta. Some include: Victory Square, Chinatown Memorial Square, UBC etc.). Click Here for further details.
On November 11th show your solidarity, “Poppy Up” and at 11:00am take 2 minutes out of your busy day and stop and reflect upon the freedoms you enjoy today and how they were protected with the lives of others.
With gratitude we at Genesis pause and give thanks to all the brave souls that gave their lives, so that we may continue to enjoy the liberty and freedoms that we sometimes take for granted today.
With Halloween four days away, monsters and goblins are preparing for the scary evening. Here are ten “All Hollows Eve” tips parents, goblins, and little monsters can use to be safe on this spooky evening.
Ghosts and goblins can be scary; however, make sure your costume is bright and reflective so that drivers can see you.
Carry a cell phone and a flashlight to protect yourself from dangerous monsters.
Masks can be fun and terrifying, but can restrict you vision. Your creative and fun alternative is facepaint.
If you are under the age of nine years old, a parent should accompany you when trick-or-treating.
Before crossing the road, look both ways to ensure there are no cars.
When trick-or-treating make sure to stay on the side walks. If there are no side walks stay on the side of the road facing traffic.
When walking through the neighborhood, travel in large groups and stay in areas that are well lit and busy.
A map is the solution for discovering treasure. Plan your route and stick to it.
Before consuming any treats, make sure an adult check to ensure they are safe, sealed, and wrapped.