Today is National Injury Prevention Day.

What steps will you be taking to prevent injury to yourself and to your loved ones? 
Injury is the number one cause of death of Canadians between the ages of 1 and 44. 

Every single day in our country, 48 die from an injury, and 634 are hospitalized. This Wednesday, July 5, 2023, Tatonga would like to help raise awareness about the tragic effects of predictable and preventable injuries. 

Who among us have done any the below? 

  • Rode a pedal bike without a helmet. 
  • Stored cleaning products under the kitchen or bathroom sink.  
  • Mowed the lawn without eye or foot protection.  
  • Jaywalked across a busy road because it was quicker.  
  • Left items on the stairs to take up (or down) on your next trip.  
Were you injured?
Probably not, but you or another person, could have been.  

How can you recognize National Injury Prevention Day?

Take some time with your family and think about every day hazards in your life that could cause injury. Then take steps to mitigate those hazards. 

  • Wear a helmet when you bike or ride an off road vehicle.  
  • Install a smoke alarm and CO detector in your house.  
  • Teach your children to cross the road safely (and follow those tips yourself!). 
  • Wear a lifejacket when on a boat, kayak, or paddleboard. 
  • Reduce the temperature of your tap water to prevent scalds.  
  • Wear your seatbelt and ensure your child is in the proper safety seat.   
  • Keep your walk ways tidy (falls are the top cause of injury in Canada).  
  • Become competent in first aid techniques.  
  • Supervise young children at all times around water.  

Canada to “light up green” on National Injury Prevention Day to raise awareness about the importance of injury prevention.

Check out the 2023 landmark light-ups here