Yay! Summer vacation is just around the corner! Bring on the sunshine and relaxation! But with all the fun and excitement, it’s also a time when many children get hurt. Injury is the leading cause of death for Canadian children. An estimated 390 children die every year and another 25,500 are hospitalized, according to a 10-year study by Safe Kids Canada.
Make Your Home a Safer Place for Children
- Supervise kids at all times.
- Check that blind cords are well out of reach.
- Keep the doors and the trunk of parked vehicles locked at all times. Children may try to get inside to play, get locked inside or try to start and move the vehicle.
Safety on the go
- Never leave a child alone in a vehicle, even for a few minutes.
- Teach safety when bicycling. Don’t ride at night or on busy streets. Use arm signals when turning, slowing or stopping. Always wear a helmet.
- Before moving your vehicle, do a walk-around to check for people or pets.
- Check that that each child passenger is properly restrained in a car seat or booster seat.
Get active, stay safe!
- Supervise children at all times while they are playing in water. Wear life jackets.
- Children younger than six should not use a trampoline.
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more 20 minutes before going outdoors. Re-apply often. Keep children under the age of one out of the sun.
Have fun and stay safe this summer!
~ adapted from the Canadian Safety Council