The City of Brampton and Parachute Canada kicked off Parachute’s National Safe Kids Week last Friday to highlight the importance of keeping children safe everywhere they go-at home, at play and on the road.
Fun family activities were set up at Century Gardens Recreation Centre where children and their families learned about how to stay safe. Brampton fire, Peel police and Peel Public Health officials were on hand to raise awareness about preventable injuries to children. Everything from traffic safety to water safety is the focus of the week which runs until June 5.
The annual safety campaign is entering its 20th year. “We want kids to get outside and be active, but we want them to do it safely,” said Louise Logan, Parachute president and CEO, in a release. “We can decrease injury and death by continuing to make safety a top priority at home, at play and on the road.”
Few tips to keep kids safe this summer:
- Supervision: Watch children around the water at all times.
- Protection: Get trained and wear sun protection. Teach kids, teens and adults to swim. Wear sunscreen, a hat and protective clothing, and drink plenty of water to help keep you safe from sunstroke. Learn to swim and take a first aid and CPR course. Know how to call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number. If in trouble in the water, call for help, roll on to your back, kick your feet, move your arms and aim toward shore.
- Education: Learn how to be safe and teach your children.
- Security: Secure your pool – no matter what size.
- Fence it in: Ensure your pool is fully fenced with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Install a cover with a lock on your hot tub and/or backyard pool.
- Empty it: Drain wading pools and small inflatable backyard pools when not in use – CINEWS