Seasonal Injuries

 

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Now that the snow has melted, Spring is sneaking up quickly—which means more sunshine and more outdoor activities! Whether you’re outdoors playing sports, or simply out and about driving or biking, there are some important things to consider to make the most of these warmer days.

Poison Prevention Week: March 17 to 23

This year’s Poison Prevention Week focuses on preventing children from being exposed to cannabis and other poisonous substances.

Learn more.

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.

Wear your seat belt!

Do you know how to properly install seat belts, child seats, and booster seats when driving? RoadSafetyBC has launched a social media campaign to increase awareness of occupant restraints in vehicles.

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #VisionZeroBC and #BuckleUpBC. Learn more on RoadSafetyBC’s website.

Driving safety

According to ICBC, approximately 77 people die every year due to crashes involving distracted driving, and distracted driving is responsible for more than one quarter (27%) of all car crash fatalities in BC.1

Distracted driving can take on many different forms. Any diversion of your attention away from the safe operation of your vehicle, such as chatting with passengers, eating or drinking, adjusting radio or vehicle settings, or using electronic devices, can contribute to distracted driving. Your reaction time is slower when your attention from the road is diverted.

Drivers who are talking on a cellphone lose about 50% of their visual awareness. Here are some important reminders about personal electronic devices and driving:

  • The use of hand-held personal electronic devices while operating a vehicle has been banned in BC since 2010
  • The law also applies to when you are stopped at a red light
  • Hands-free operations through Bluetooth, wired headset or speakerphone with one touch or voice commands are okay, but make sure your cellphone is attached securely to the vehicle
  • The penalty for one distracted driving offense is a $368 fine, and four driving penalty points ($210)
  • If you have an L or N license, you are not permitted to use any electronic devices, even with a hands-free system

Learn more at icbc.com.

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%.2
  • 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. ICBC. Distracted Driving: https://www.icbc.com/road-safety/crashes-happen/Distracted-driving/Pages/default.aspx.
  2. Parachute Canada. Cycling and Helmets. http://www.parachutecanada.org/injury-topics/item/safe-cycling1.