Seasonal Injuries

Holiday season is upon us, and that means shorter days and longer nights. It also means the season of holiday parties, celebration, and rushing around for those last-minute gifts or potluck items.

#SafeRideHomeBC

ICBC has launched their winter impaired driving campaign. 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the Drinking Driving CounterAttack campaign.1

  • 23% of car crash fatalities are related to impaired driving.
  • On average, 65 people die every year in crashes involving impaired driving.
  • Drivers aged 19 to 35 represent the largest group (47%) of all impaired drivers in crashes on B.C. roads.
  • 39% of all impaired-related crashes take place between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.
  • Males account for 69% of all impaired drivers in crashes.
  • On average, 16 people are killed in impaired driving-related crashes in the Lower Mainland every year.

Ladder Safety

WorkSafeBC, BC Hydro, and Preventable have great safety tips for when you are hanging up your holiday decorations.

  • The feet of the ladder should always be on a stable surface.
  • If it’s an extension ladder, the two sections need to overlap according to the manufacturer’s instructions and all the locks must be properly engaged.
  • To avoid losing your balance, a good rule of thumb is to keep your belt buckle inside the ladder’s rails.
  • If you don’t tie off your ladder and stake it to the ground, you should have a “spotter” to hold the bottom of the ladder.

Preventable: Leeaaanning over to hang up that last light? Seriously?

WorkSafeBC: Safe Ladder Use

BC Hydro: Ladder Safety at Home

  1.  Crash and injury statistics from ICBC data based on five year average from 2012 to 2016. Fatal victim counts from police data based on five year average from 2012 to 2016. Impaired is defined to include alcohol, illicit drugs and medicines.