You must make time for safety

Safety and the role it plays in your life depend on many things, including your attitude. All of us need to learn how to protect ourselves and family members from potential hazards that can strike at any given time.
We all need to be made aware of and reminded to be responsible, to think, and to make time for safety!
Parents and caregivers work hard to prepare children for the future. But if they don’t teach children how to avoid preventable injuries, their future may never happen.
Children can learn to be safe. Sparking an interest in safety early on in a child’s life can lead to a life-long appreciation for injury prevention; and how it affects our daily lives.
You owe it to yourself and family to work and play safely. Every time a family member is injured or killed by something that could have been prevented, everyone suffers–children, parents, friends, and entire communities.
Hospitals in Canada have reported an increase in unintentional injuries (injuries that could have been prevented). In a national report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the bottom line was that 90 percent of injuries are preventable!
The general public, in the past, has exhibited a concern toward problems such as violence, drugs, and diseases. But these are not the number-one health risk to Canadians.
The number-one health risk to Canadians is unintentional injuries!
These injuries range from fire and burns; bike, traffic, and pedestrian accidents; drownings; firearms; falls; poisonings; and chocking, suffocation, and strangulation.
These type of injuries are not random accidents; they are predicable and, with proper education, largely preventable.
Injury prevention programs seem to have no advertisement at all. Rarely do you see a safety tip on television, in the newspaper, or hear one on the radio. The injury problems that plaques Canada will continue unless something is done.
Public education and promotion is the only effective way!
The new Risk Watch Curriculum, a school-based educational program for children in pre-school through grade eight, is aimed at the major risk areas that affect school-age children.
It is now in Rainy River District thanks to the district’s Risk Watch Coalition!
A pilot project started this past fall at some schools. So far, the program is credited with preventing a potential fatal injury to one of the students involved with this life-saving curriculum.
Remember, if you never need what you learn about personal safety, you have lost nothing. But if you never learn what you need, you may lose everything . . . your family and your life!

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