This year marks the 20th anniversary of Parachute Safe Kids Week, a Canadian national awareness campaign developed to bring attention to predictable and preventable injuries in children.
Parachute Safe Kids Week 2016 is focused on the top injury issues that affect children ‘At Home, At Play, and On The Road.’
Over the past two decades, preventable injury deaths and hospitalizations have been on a downward trend. A decade ago, 390 children aged 14 and under died from preventable injuries; today, that number has declined to an average 210 children per year. Parachute continues to make strides in closing the gap on childhood injuries, but there’s room for improvement.
You can help reduce predictable and preventable injuries in children, starting by taking part in Parachute Safe Kids Week, happening May 30 – June 5, 2016 in communities across Canada.
To help keep kids safe on the road:
Car Safety: Check car and booster seats to ensure they’re installed correctly and are the right ﬁt for a child’s height and weight. Most children shouldn’t use a seatbelt alone until at least age 9.
Pedestrians: Walk with young children to teach them how to navigate roads safely.
Bike Safety: Wear a correctly ﬁtted helmet, use bike lanes and be visible. Children learn safe riding practices through adult behaviour.
Visit the Parachute Safe Kids Week website for more tips on keeping children safe at home, at play and on the road.