|Reports & Publications - Annual Report 2005
Home Safety Campaign
Submitted by Lois E. Dewey, RN, BScN
Public Health Nurse
Canadian homes are full of products for kids, from cribs and car seats to toys and clothes. However, many of these products – including those passed down through families or sold second hand – are unsafe.
In Canada, more than 75% of injury-related emergency room visits, among children from birth to 4 years, are as a result of injuries that occur at home.
Disposing of unsafe products is an effective way to reduce the number of injuries to kids.
Last year, 13 local municipalities took part in a Health Unit campaign designed to improve the safety of children. The campaign included free
disposal of unsafe products and education on home safety. Parents learned how to tell if the products were safe to use and received instructions on how to safely dispose of articles.
For more information on product safety, contact the Health Unit website or call 1-800-660-5853.