Thursday, 12 July 2018
Participation in sports is important for children. Depending on the sports activity, sports helps children in their physical development while teaching sportsmanship and teamwork. Staying active is important in combating the sharp rise in childhood obesity. There are, however, risks associated with most sports activities engaged in by children. Statistics show that 50 percent of the injuries suffered by children of secondary school age are related to sports. You cannot eliminate all risk of injury when your child participates in swimming, hockey, soccer, baseball or other sport, but there are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of an injury or make it less severe when one does occur.
Friday, 29 June 2018
Canada Day is a festive time throughout the country as Canadians celebrate their heritage. Whether your celebration involves fireworks, a drive to a mountain lake, a trip across town or a backyard pool party, keeping yourself and others safe should be your number one priority. Here are a few tips to you can follow to help enjoy the celebration without mishap.
Thursday, 28 June 2018
Ontario has an abundance of lakes, rivers and other bodies of water that attracts boating enthusiasts throughout the year but particularly during the summer months. Whether you take to the water in a canoe, kayak, sailboat or other watercraft, the risk of being injured or killed in an accident is a real concern. More than 66 percent of drownings in Ontario occur in natural bodies of water with lakes accounting for 44 percent of them. Enjoying a day on the water is possible without a mishap as long as you take the time to exercise care and follow a few safe boating tips.
Thursday, 28 June 2018
For many Canadians, Victory Day is the first long weekend of the summer. Many people take to the roads heading for rivers, lakes and other places to celebrate the holiday. Others choose to stay at home and celebrate with friends and relatives in their backyards. Whether its traffic or backyard mishaps, the chances of being injured in an accident increases during Victoria Day celebrations. Here are a few tips to keep people safe as they celebrate Victoria Day.
Thursday, 28 June 2018
Summer is traditionally the time when families throughout Ontario take to the highways for holiday and vacation getaways. An increase in traffic brings with it an increase in accidents. More people are killed on the nation’s highways in the summer than at other times of the year. There are some precautions you can take to keep yourself and others travelling with you safe this summer.
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
The pleasant summer weather means more people will be out driving. Whether driving to a lakefront retreat for a vacation or simply cruising around town, summer traffic increases the risks posed by aggressive driving. According to the Ontario Provincial Police, last summer saw an 80 percent increase in deaths caused by aggressive and dangerous driving behviours, and there is no reason to believe it is going to be any better this year. Anyone using the roads and streets, including pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicycle riders and drivers, are likely to be confronted at some point by an aggressive driver. Here are a few tips to help you deal with aggressive drivers.
Wednesday, 09 May 2018
Outdoor grilling is popular year round in Canada, but the warm summer months offer ideal conditions for firing up the barbecue. There is nothing better than to invite your friends and relatives over to spend the day with food prepared on your BBQ. Cooking devices, including your backyard grill, account for more residential fire injuries than any other source. Taking a few precautions before the cooking begins can help to ensure the safety of you and your guests.
Friday, 04 May 2018
Spring and summer weather provide the perfect opportunity for Ontario residents to enjoy their backyards. Inviting friends and relatives for a day of swimming in your pool followed by dinner cooked on the barbecue is a great way to spend a day, but keeping your backyard in top shape and ready for the outdoor activities you have planned takes work. There are several tips for backyard safety you should follow to ensure an enjoyable outdoor season.
Wednesday, 02 May 2018
Ontario offers an abundance of opportunities to cool off during the heat of summer with lakes, ponds and backyard swimming pools within easy reach of anyone wishing to go for a swim. As enjoyable as swimming can be, there are risks associated with it that can lead to injuries and death. There was an increase in the number of fatalities caused by drownings last year in Ontario. Young children under 5 years of age are at the greatest risk with drowning being the second leading cause of death in that age group. Adults can make a difference by taking a few precautions to make swimming safer for them and for their children.
Monday, 30 April 2018
Trampolines and bouncy castles offer hours of fun and thrills for children and for adults who decide to join in the fun. They are not without risk. The frequency of people being injured or killed while using trampolines or inflatable bounce structures is alarming. According to one study, 42 percent of injuries at amusement parks are caused by accidents on inflatables with inflatable slides accounting for 79 percent of falls. Trampolines are not much safer according to a report by the Canadian Pediatric Society with an injury hospitalization rate that was higher than snowboarding and only slightly less than alpine skiing. There are steps parents should take to protect their children, and themselves, from the risks posed by trampolines and bouncy castles.