Injury prevention begins with using your head
TORONTO, May 9, 2014 /CNW/ - With spring officially here and the warm
weather upon us, children and their parents are excited to be able to
get outside. From playing tag and hopscotch at the playground to riding
scooters and bikes, kids want be outside, have fun and exercise.
However, if children are not wearing the right safety equipment and are
not aware of their surroundings, preventable injuries can often occur.
Parachute, a national charity dedicated to preventing injury and saving
lives, wants to remind parents that injury prevention begins at home.
This means when families are getting their sports equipment on, parents
need to make sure it all fits and, if their children are running around
a playground, they need to be aware of their surroundings and safety
"The first step in injury prevention is using your head," says Louise
Logan, Parachute's President and CEO. "Anyone who participates in a
recreational activity needs to make sure they are wearing the right
equipment and they know the rules of the game."
Parachute recommends the following tips for outdoor safety:
Ensure your children wear a helmet every time they ride.
Get the right kind of helmet. Choose a bicycle helmet for cycling,
in-line skating and scootering. Skateboarders need a special
skateboarding helmet that covers more of the back of their head.
Ensure the helmet fits your child. The helmet should rest two finger
widths above the eyebrow. The side and chin straps should be snug.
People of all ages should wear a helmet when they ride. Remember: you
are your child's best role model.
Before using the playground, remove helmets, scarves and drawstrings.
Teach your child pedestrian safety.
Head injuries, resulting from kids on bicycles, are the number one cause
of serious injuries and can permanently change the way a child walks,
talks, plays and thinks. In Canada, preventable injuries kill more
children than any single disease. For more information on safety,
whether it's at home, on the playground, at the pool or school, log on
Parachute is dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives. A
national charity, Parachute officially formed in July 2012, when the
former Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK and
ThinkFirst Canada joined together to become one leader in injury
prevention. Parachute's injury prevention solutions, knowledge
mobilization, public policy, and social awareness efforts are designed
to help keep Canadians safe. Parachute's vision is an injury-free
Canada with Canadians living long lives to the fullest. For
information, visit us at parachutecanada.org, follow us on Twitter, or join us on Facebook.
For further information:
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