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National Injury Prevention Day brings awareness to preventable injuries

Tips on offer to prevent falls, poisoning and driving accidents, on National Injury Prevention Day.
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Awareness and prevention go a long way in avoiding injury. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

In a release, marking National Injury Prevention Day (NIPD), Alberta Health Services (AHS) reports most injuries are predictable and preventable. About 75 per cent of injury-related deaths in Canada are from unintentional causes such as falls, motor vehicle accidents and poisonings.  

To mark the day, municipalities across Canada will show support by lighting up major landmarks in the distinctive ‘Parachute Green’ used by the national charity dedicated to injury prevention. In addition, the Government of Alberta has proclaimed July 5 as National Injury Prevention Day in the province.  

In Edmonton, EPCOR Tower, the High-Level Bridge and HUB Mall at the University of Alberta will be lit up.  

In 2019, Alberta recorded 34,881 injury-related hospital admissions and 515,962 emergency department visits. In 2017, preventable injuries cost Albertans $7.1 billion in total economic costs.  

Falls:  

Falls can happen anywhere – at home, school, or work, in recreation and leisure, in sports, in the community, and even on vacation.  

  • For young children, falls can occur in common settings such as the home and playground and during recreational activities.  
  • Proper supervision, removal of hazards, safe play practices, and proper clothing and equipment are all recommended for children to help prevent falls in the home and on the playground.  
  • Learn how to keep your child safe by visiting: www.albertahealthservices.ca/injprev/Page15787.aspx  
  • While the risk of falling does increase as people age, falls are not considered a normal part of aging. Staying active is important to reduce your risk of falling. Visit Finding Balance to learn more: https://findingbalancealberta.ca/.  

Driving:  

Travel safely when driving around Alberta this summer:                                                                                                                                            

Poisonings:   Many household items can be poisonous to young children, who are at higher risk of poisoning due to their natural curiosity and small size. Some tips to prevent poisonings include:  

  • Common products in your home, such as perfumes, cosmetics, cleaning products, garden products and batteries can be dangerous. Carefully assess your home to identify any potential poisoning risks. A child could be permanently injured in seconds if exposed to some common household products.  
  • Use childproof latches on your cupboards. Be careful of what you store in your bedside table and other cupboards that are lower than your shoulder height.  
  • Keep products in their original labelled containers. Never store poisonous products in food containers.