The Importance of PFDs on the water

Water-related deaths aren’t preceded by a lot of warning. Drowning can happen in seconds. And fortunately, Canadians seem more aware of this fact in...

Drowning: It can happen in seconds

Drowning is a leading cause of preventable injury and death in children under 10 in Canada. Sixty per cent of drownings occur in the four summer...

Preparation and Communication the Key for Children Home Alone

While young children need constant direct supervision, older children and teens may be ready for indirect supervision, where a responsible adult or...

“On Your Own” Home Safety Checklist

Telephone List important numbers beside each telephone and/or program them in. You can print and fill out a form like this one. Equip your phone...

Safety Reminders for Back to School

School Bus Travel Research conducted by Transport Canada shows that school bus travel is one of the safest methods of transportation. It is 16 times...

What You and Your Babysitter Need to Know

Babysitting is often a young person’s first paid employment, and a wonderful way for youth to help family friends and neighbours while earning a bit...

Hot Car Warning

On days that seem almost mild, as well as on summer days of searing heat, the passenger compartment of a car can turn into an oven, with potentially...

What to Teach Children about Strangers

“Never talk to strangers.” Many children are taught this simple rule as a precaution against abduction. Yet abductions and kidnappings are almost...

Cyber Bullying

From Facebook and Twitter to cell phones and iPhones, teens are in constant communication with one another. Teens’ worlds are progressively becoming more wireless and mobile. Students are using Social Networking Sites (SNS) more than ever.

Ergonomics for Kids

Computer technology is an integral part of life in this country, especially for children. Yet serious efforts to prevent computer-related injuries...

Child Safety

Having preventative measures in place for children in their everyday activities, limits risk of injury. Topics include information on helmet safety, traffic safety, school bus safety, online safety, and much more.

Drowning: It can happen in seconds

Drowning is a leading cause of preventable injury and death in children under 10 in Canada. Sixty per cent of drownings occur in the four summer months from May to August, according to the Canadian Red Cross. For parents and caregivers of children, part of the problem...

Safety Reminders for Back to School

School Bus Travel Research conducted by Transport Canada shows that school bus travel is one of the safest methods of transportation. It is 16 times safer than travelling in a family car per passenger/kilometre of travel. Although school buses have an excellent safety...

What to Teach Children about Strangers

“Never talk to strangers.” Many children are taught this simple rule as a precaution against abduction. Yet abductions and kidnappings are almost always by individuals known to the child. In June, 2005, an 11-year-old boy was lost in the Utah wilderness for four days....

Ten Halloween Safety Tips

Children should be accompanied by an adult. Children should wear clothing that can easily be seen at night. Retro- reflective materials are best. Children should trick or treat in one well-known area and not wander into unknown neighborhoods. All candy should be...

Playground Safety

A playground should be a place where children can play and have fun, not a place where serious injuries occur. Some of these tragedies can be attributed to deliberate misuse of the equipment, poorly maintained equipment or having no parental supervision. Most injuries...

Safety Tips for Backyard Trampolines

Trampolines are springing up as play equipment in back yards across Canada. School aged children love them. Jumping is exhilarating – and it looks easy. With concerns of today’s children not being as active as they should, their enthusiasm for the sport is...

Safety on Wheels

Bicycles 1. Make sure your bicycle is safe. Does it work properly? Check tires, brakes, etc. Does it fit properly? You should be able to straddle the bike with both feet on the ground; a bike that is too big or too small is a safety hazard. Does it have a bell, a...

What You and Your Babysitter Need to Know

Babysitting is often a young person’s first paid employment, and a wonderful way for youth to help family friends and neighbours while earning a bit of pocket money on the side. As a parent, how can you be sure your local teenager is a good babysitter? And what can...

Cyber Bullying

From Facebook and Twitter to cell phones and iPhones, teens are in constant communication with one another. Teens’ worlds are progressively becoming more wireless and mobile. Students are using Social Networking Sites (SNS) more than ever.

Online Safety Rules for Kids

The Internet has brought many benefits, but it has also raised some safety concerns such as the potential for crime and predators. To make sure children have a safe and rewarding experience on the Web, parents and educators must understand where they go, what they do...

Canada Sun Guide

Outdoor physical activity can be healthy, fun and safe if you remain protected. Follow the Canada Sun Guide, created by Canada Safety Council and other partners, to help Canadians combine sun safety with outdoor activities.Minimize Sun ExposureSchedule outdoor...

Field Trip Safety

Canada’s most universally accessible health and fitness facility is the great outdoors. Educating young people to be active in that environment promotes a healthy lifestyle. A few tragic field trip incidents have led some to believe that outdoor recreational outings...

“On Your Own” Home Safety Checklist

Telephone List important numbers beside each telephone and/or program them in. You can print and fill out a form like this one. Equip your phone with an answering device or service so it can take messages. Have a phone with caller I.D. Tell your child to answer the...

Hot Car Warning

On days that seem almost mild, as well as on summer days of searing heat, the passenger compartment of a car can turn into an oven, with potentially deadly consequences. In the confined space of a car, temperatures can climb so rapidly that they overwhelm a person's...

Ergonomics for Kids

Computer technology is an integral part of life in this country, especially for children. Yet serious efforts to prevent computer-related injuries have largely been limited to the workplace. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the scourge of the computerized...

Buckle-Up Basics

The Fundamentals Make sure the restraint system has CMVSS (Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) on the label. Check the weight and height limits of the seat to be sure that it is correct for your child. Try the seat in your vehicle to be sure that it can be...

Protecting Children from Dog Bites

A dog can be a child's best friend. The right dog, properly socialized and trained, makes a safe, reliable companion. Nonetheless, a dog is an animal, and in some unfortunate circumstances dogs can and do bite. Children under 10 years of age are the most common...

Children on the Farm

Too often, both children and parents consider the entire farm a play space. Farm children live in a workplace - one that exposes them to machinery, chemicals, livestock and other hazards. The best way to keep youngsters away from the risks is to have a specifically...