May 30 to June 5 – 2017 is the 21st Anniversary for Parachute’s Safe Kids Week Many Canadians are surprised to learn that preventable injuries kill more children every year than any other disease.
Parachute Safe Kids Week is a national awareness campaign developed to bring attention to predictable and preventable injuries in children. Taking place June 5 – 11, 2017 this year is focused on promoting safe and active transportation: Walk, Bike, Wheel, which includes walking, cycling, skateboarding, scootering and other wheeled activities.
This year’s theme is everyday superhero, which encourages children to become leaders in road safety by learning how to stay active and keep themselves and their loved ones safe on their travels to and from school, to the bus stop, and around their neighbourhood. Parents can guide their child’s activities by modelling safe behaviour and practices on the road, and also being aware of their child’s skill level.
There are a few easy steps we can all take to keep children, and ourselves safe. Start by taking part. Communities across Canada are participating in Parachute Safe Kids Week.
The good news is that prevention efforts are working – since 1996, Canada has enjoyed a decreasing trend in death and hospitalizations from preventable injuries overall. But there is a still lot of work to do to keep children, and ourselves safe.Plan to take part in Parachute’s Safe Kids Week, happening May 30 – June 5, 2016 with a focus on the top injury issues that affect children on the road, at home and at play.
Tuesday, May 30 to Monday, June 5, 2017
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For more information visit: parachutecanada.org/safekidsweek