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Injury Prevention

Why Pay Attention to Injuries?

Injuries are the leading cause of death for Canadians between the ages of 1 to 44, and for Canadians aged 45 to 64, injuries are the third leading cause of death. Moreover, injuries are among the top causes of hospitalizations for Canadians of all ages. (Public Health Agency of Canada) Injuries are not acts of fate; they don't have to happen and that the majority of injuries are predictable and preventable (Parachute Canada)

ATV Safety

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and other off-highway vehicles (OHVs) have become a big part of many families' lives, both for recreation and work-related activities. They can also be fun to drive, and naturally children are eager to try them out. This can be a great opportunity for parents to model safe behaviour and explain that just like driving cars; ATVs need adult skills and knowledge.

Farm Injuries

Agriculture is unique in that children and the elderly sustain significant numbers of severe work-related injuries. This is partly because farms and ranches are not just work sites, but also places where people of all ages live, play and participate in recreational activities. Also, unlike other industries, it is common for farmers and ranchers to work full time and to operate tractors and other heavy machinery well into their 70s and 80s. (Agricultural Fatalities and Hospitalizations in Ontario 1990 2008)

Winter Safety

Winter is a great season for outdoor activities. Cold weather, ice and snow can be fun but also dangerous. Being active enjoying winter activities and sports is a great way to stay healthy. Most injuries are predictable and preventable. Know how to stay safe while enjoying the winter.

Safe Partying

Party tips and advice for staying safe at parties and having a safe party. Whether you're a guest or a host, or a concerned parent or teenager; you can have a great time at a party while staying safe and secure.

Summer Safety

Summer is a time for sun, enjoying nature and having fun. Tips for staying safe:

Water Safety

Being in or near water can be a fun activity. Swimming, water sports and water play can be part of a healthy active life style. Be aware of the risks and know how to prevent drowning. Drowning is the second leading cause of injury related death for Canadian children. Use the following tips to stay safe in and near water.

Road Safety

Ontario roads continue to be among the safest in North America. In the past 14 years, Ontario has ranked either first or second among all North American jurisdictions for road safety. In 2012 the number of traffic fatalities on Ontario was the third lowest number since 1944 at a time when the number of licensed drivers increased by more than 112.000 to over 9.4 million.

Even though a Transport Canada survey show Ontario has a 96 per cent seatbelt usage rate, about one in every four vehicle occupants killed on Ontario roads were unbelted. (Ontario Road Safety, Annual Report 2012)

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