May 26, 2008

Keeping Your Kids Safe this Summer

Tragically, thousands of Canadian children are killed or seriously injured every year while enjoying popular summer activities, such as walking, bicycling, swimming, and playing at the playground.

These injuries are not accidents. Most are predictable and can be prevented by following basic safety rules. If you are a parent or a caregiver, you have an important role to play in protecting the safety of your children. This summer, parents are encouraged to do the following:

  • Revisit your family safety rules. Make sure that all family members understand what is expected of them in terms of safety

  • Check all family safety equipment (e.g. bicycle helmets, lifejackets, swimming pool safety aids, etc.) to make sure it is in good condition

  • Assess your children often to see how they have developed in terms of their interests and abilities and provide appropriate direction regarding their safety. For example, if your child just turned 11, are they old enough and do they understand bike and road safety rules well enough to ride their bike alone on the roads?

Spending a few minutes discussing safety with your children might prevent them from being seriously injured. Please make safety a priority in your home. For more information, please visit the Safe Kids Canada website.

Summer Safety Resources

Stay Water Safe

Help Your Kids Have a Safe Summer Ride

Pedestrian Safety for Kids: A Parents' Guide

How to Prevent Playground Injuries

How to Stay Sun-Safe During a Winnipeg Summer

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