Seasonal Injuries

Water Safety

It’s hot outside and you’re heading to the beach or lake. Remember these water safety tips.

Physical activity

As the weather becomes nicer, more and more children will return to outdoor sports. Engaging in sport and recreational activity is great for physical and mental health, but it is important to be aware that injuries can happen. Whether you’re a participant, parent of a participant, coach, teacher, administrator, or health professional, Active & Safe Central has key injury prevention strategies available unique to each sport.

Learn more about how you can help kids stay safe and have fun.

Bike safety

Cycling is a great way to stay physically active, and it is a great alternative to driving! Although cycling can be fun, injuries can happen.

Here are some tips to stay safe on the roads:

  • Wear a helmet. A properly fitting and correctly worn helmet can reduce your risk of serious head injury by up to 80%.1
  • Follow the 2V1 rule. When wearing a helmet, there should be two fingers’ space between the bottom of your helmet and your eyebrow, the straps should form a “v” under your ears, and one finger space between the strap and chin.
  • Check your ride. Adjust your bike according to your height, and check that tires are inflated and that brakes are working properly.
  • Be prepared. Learn the proper hand signals and obey all traffic signs and rules of the road. Plan for inclement weather and low light conditions.
  • Plan your route. Designated cycling routes are safer and reduce potential conflicts with vehicles.
  • Be seen and heard. Especially when it is dark outside, make sure to wear bright, reflective clothing, and/or equip your bike with lights and reflectors, to help increase visibility.

Learn more about helmet use and safe cycling:

 

  1. Parachute Canada. Cycling and Helmets. http://www.parachutecanada.org/injury-topics/item/safe-cycling1.