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Did you know that more children die each year in Canada from injuries than from all diseases combined? This is why we at BC Children's Hospital are interested not only in treating injuries, but in preventing them. 

Many injuries don't just happen; they are not "accidents." Most injuries are predictable and preventable. Injury prevention experts believe that up to 90% of all injuries can be prevented!

Quiz

Safe Start has put together these questions to test your child health and safety knowledge. For fun, jot down the number you answer correctly. Just click on the slide to advance to the next one. Ready? Start here

Too Hot for Tots!

Burns are a leading cause of injury for children under the age of five. To help prevent childhood burn injuries, we have produced the Too Hot for Tots! program, with resources, for parents and for organizations who work with families of young children.  This program has been moved to the BC Profess​ional Fire Fighters Association Burn Fund website.

Playground safety

Before heading out to the playground this spring, read about playground safety from Parachute (our national injury prevention organization).

Trampolines 

Learn about trampolines from the Canadian Pediatric Society.



Garage sales

Did you know that everyone holding a garage sale is legally responsible for ensuring items sold are safe and meet safety standards? If you are holding a garage sale to pass on baby's nursery equipment this spring, see Health Canada's "Facts for Garage Sale Vendors".

Are you planning to check out garage sales for baby items this Spring? Know the risks before you go. See Health Canada's Information for Shoppers of Second-hand products.

Fun on wheels

Bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates and scooters are all popular outdoor activities. Before your child heads out, read how to minimize injuries from these activites.




Resources

Give your child a safe start (video)




This DVD helps parents and caregivers learn how to prevent injuries and keep children safe. Click here to view.

Video: Give Your Child a Safe Start:
27 minutes, DVD format.  
Produced in 2011, parents and caregivers will learn about 
preventing falls,burns and scalds, poisoning, choking, 
also safety in the car, product safety, water safety 
and safe sleeping. The video can be viewed in "play all"
mode or viewed by injury prevention topic.  An updated
version of this 1994 video includes powerful interviews
from families and injury prevention experts.  Order online

Give your child a safe start (booklet)



24 pages. This booklet,written in plain language, and using
images from the Give Your Child a Safe Start 
video, help reinforce safety messages found
 in the video, described above.

Home safety checklist

Not sure how to make your home safe and injury free for your child? Safe Start's Home Safety Checklist can help. The checklist is also available in:


Fireplace safety

Stay warm and safe with Safe Start's Fireplace Safety Tips (updated March 2011)

Fireplace safety tips also available in:

Safety products

The following links are for your information only. This is not an endorsement of these stores or their products by BC Children's Hospital.

Infant sleeping

Injury prevention organizations

Alberta Centre for Injury Control

BC Children's Hospital Trauma Service
The Trauma Program is dedicated to improving trauma care for injured children locally, regionally and provincially.

BC Drug and Poison Information Centre 
For drug and poison prevention tips and 24 hour toll-free advice.

BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit
This research program based at Children's works with communities across BC to implement injury data collection and control strategies. 

Brain Trust Canada
A progressive community rehabilitation agency dedicated to maximizing independence, capitalizing on natural support systems and being a leader in injury prevention initiatives.

Canada Safety Council 
Canada’s voice and resource for safety.
 
Canadian Red Cross

Information on disaster control, first aid and water safety programs. Includes the National Drowning Report in PDF format. 

Caring for Kids

An excellent resource for parents on childhood injury prevention, sun safety, health, and disease prevention. Developed by the Canadian Pediatric Society. 

CHIRPP News
The Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRPP) keeps readers informed about injury data collected at participating hospital emergency rooms across Canada. 

The Community Against Preventable Injuries
A province-wide, multi-partner organization designed to raise awareness, transform attitudes, and ultimately change behaviours. 

Parachute 
Parachute is a national, charitable organization, formed in July 2012, which unites the former organizations of Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK and ThinkFirst Canada into one strong leader in injury prevention.

Prevent Child Injury
A collaboration of multiple Ontario injury prevention experts.

St. John’s Ambulance
Site offers information on first aid training and safety. 

Resources

Give your child a safe start (video)




This DVD helps parents and caregivers learn how to prevent injuries and keep children safe. Click here to view.

Video: Give Your Child a Safe Start:
27 minutes, DVD format.  
Produced in 2011, parents and caregivers will learn about 
preventing falls,burns and scalds, poisoning, choking, 
also safety in the car, product safety, water safety 
and safe sleeping. The video can be viewed in "play all"
mode or viewed by injury prevention topic.  An updated
version of this 1994 video includes powerful interviews
from families and injury prevention experts. 

Give your child a safe start (booklet)



24 pages. This booklet,written in plain language, and using
images from the Give Your Child a Safe Start 
video, help reinforce safety messages found
 in the video, described above.

Home safety checklist

Not sure how to make your home safe and injury free for your child? Safe Start's Home Safety Checklist can help. The checklist is also available in:


Fireplace safety

Stay warm and safe with Safe Start's Fireplace Safety Tips (updated March 2011)

Fireplace safety tips also available in:

Safety products

The following links are for your information only. This is not an endorsement of these stores or their products by BC Children's Hospital.

Infant sleeping

Injury prevention organizations

Alberta Centre for Injury Control

BC Children's Hospital Trauma Service
The Trauma Program is dedicated to improving trauma care for injured children locally, regionally and provincially.

BC Drug and Poison Information Centre 
For drug and poison prevention tips and 24 hour toll-free advice.

BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit
This research program based at Children's works with communities across BC to implement injury data collection and control strategies. 

Brain Trust Canada
A progressive community rehabilitation agency dedicated to maximizing independence, capitalizing on natural support systems and being a leader in injury prevention initiatives.

Canada Safety Council 
Canada’s voice and resource for safety.
 
Canadian Red Cross

Information on disaster control, first aid and water safety programs. Includes the National Drowning Report in PDF format. 

Caring for Kids

An excellent resource for parents on childhood injury prevention, sun safety, health, and disease prevention. Developed by the Canadian Pediatric Society. 

CHIRPP News
The Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRPP) keeps readers informed about injury data collected at participating hospital emergency rooms across Canada. 

The Community Against Preventable Injuries
A province-wide, multi-partner organization designed to raise awareness, transform attitudes, and ultimately change behaviours. 

Parachute 
Parachute is a national, charitable organization, formed in July 2012, which unites the former organizations of Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK and ThinkFirst Canada into one strong leader in injury prevention.

Prevent Child Injury
A collaboration of multiple Ontario injury prevention experts.

Rethink Injury
Website of the BC Injury Prevention Centre at Vancouver General Hospital. 

St. John’s Ambulance
Site offers information on first aid training and safety. 

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