B.C. is generally a very safe place to live. It is still important to be aware of your surroundings and follow some general safety tips:
– Never open your door to strangers.
– Make sure that doors and windows are securely locked at night or when you leave.
– Travel with a friend whenever you can and always plan ahead and get directions to where you are going before you leave.
– Make sure to keep all valuables such as passport, credit cards and wallet in a safe and secure place.
– It is a good idea to program into your phone emergency telephone numbers, and contact numbers for your homestay family and your school.
When walking on the streets, keep the following tips in mind:
-Always cross streets at designated crosswalks and follow pedestrian signs and traffic signals (never cross if signal is yellow or red).
-Never assume that a car driver can see you.
-Make yourself visible, especially when dark outside.
If you are bicycling, keep the following tips in mind:
-You must wear a helmet, by law.
-Stay approximately one metre away from parked cars so that you do not get hit by an opening door.
-Hand signal and shoulder check when making turns.
-Cycle in a straight line and in a position where drivers can see you.
-Wear reflective clothing and use lights when dark out.