July 5, 2022
LETHBRIDGE – Most injuries are predictable and preventable. About 75 per cent of injury-related deaths in Canada are from unintentional causes such as falls, motor vehicle accidents and poisonings.
Alberta Health Services supports Parachute’s National Injury Prevention Day (NIPD), which aims to help Canadians learn how to prevent injuries through education and advocacy.
To mark this initiative, municipalities across Canada will show support by lighting up major landmarks in the distinctive ‘Parachute Green’ used by the national charity dedicated to injury prevention. In addition, the Government of Alberta has proclaimed July 5 as National Injury Prevention Day in the province.
South Zone Landmarks:
In 2019, Alberta recorded 34,881 injury-related hospital admissions and 515,962 emergency department visits. In 2017, preventable injuries cost Albertans $7.1 billion in total economic costs.
Along with the added strain on the healthcare system across the province, the human cost of preventable injury brings pain, suffering and reduced health and well-being to individuals and their families.
Everyone has a role to play in injury prevention, and there are ways to keep yourself and loved ones safe.
Falls can happen anywhere – at home, school, or work, in recreation and leisure, in sports, in the community, and even on vacation.
Travel safely when driving around Alberta this summer:
Many household items can be poisonous to young children, who are at higher risk of poisoning due to their natural curiosity and small size. Some tips to prevent poisonings include:
Common products in your home, such as perfumes, cosmetics, cleaning products, garden products and batteries can be dangerous. Carefully assess your home to identify any potential poisoning risks. A child could be permanently injured in seconds if exposed to some common household products.
Use childproof latches on your cupboards. Be careful of what you store in your bedside table and other cupboards that are lower than your shoulder height.
Keep products in their original labelled containers. Never store poisonous products in food containers.
If you have a possible poisoning emergency, call 911 or Poison and Drug Information Services (PADIS) at 1-800-332-1414 immediately.
Visit Preventing Poison in Young Children and Healthy Homes and Preventing Injuries for more information.
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.