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Sharing Responsibility for Safety

Prevention

Understanding the Risks...

Visitors may be unaware of the specific hazards related to park landscapes and activities. Park staff try to prevent incidents and encourage self-reliance through policy implementation and visitor services.

Preventing incidents through policy implementation involves:

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  • providing and updating a public safety policy framework and planning mechanism;
  • assessing risks, and implementing risk management measures;
  • developing and regularly updating public safety plans;
  • incorporating visitor safety into program planning, communications, and delivery.

Services provided by Parks Canada to encourage self-reliance and risk awareness include:

  • Public Service Announcements and other awareness campaigns which encourage visitors to plan their trip before they leave home;
  • public safety messages on the Parks Canada website;
  • information and advice on trip planning, hazards and risks, either directly (through Visitor Information Centres) or through our partners;
  • materials such as brochures, posters, and videos related to visitor safety, hazards, risk, and self-reliance;
  • environmental advisories, such as avalanche forecasts;
  • highway avalanche control;
  • hazard warning signs, fencing, and barriers;
  • safety registration services.

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