May 16, 2014
Eliminating Risk Factors
Tips to keep
the kids safe this long weekend
Released by Fraser Health Authority/ Voice file
photo Marcus Lem
the May long weekend approaches families will head out to enjoy their first
camping trips, BBQs and roads trips of the season. Virtually all related
injuries include motor vehicle accidents, falls, choking and burns are
“Long weekends are a time to relax and
enjoy the outdoors, so don’t let injuries upset your plans,” said
Dr. Marcus Lem, Medical Health Officer, Fraser Health. “There are
many things we can do to keep children safe from injury. Ensuring
your child is buckled up properly in the right car seat, being aware
of choking and burn hazards at
home and using high chairs and booster seats properly are all things
we can do to provide a safe environment for young children.”
Car Seat Safety
As you head out camping and road‐tripping, remember that child car
seats are required by law and must meet Canadian Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards, which includes being made in Canada. Until one
year of age, children must use a rear-facing child care seat when
travelling in a car. After one year of age, parents have a few more
options depending on the child’s weight and age.
Children love to put everything in their mouths as they explore the
world around them. However, this can put them at risk of choking. Be
aware of food choking hazards, cut up food into small pieces and
avoid certain foods. Scan your home from a child’s point of view for
Everyone loves a cozy campfire and cook-out, but children will play
with anything they can reach – even hot BBQs and fire. The skin of
young children is very sensitive to heat and will burn quickly.
• Keep matches and lighters out of
young children’s sight and reach.
• When using an electric kettle, make sure the cord is not loose
and hangs over the edge of the countertop, where it could be
grabbed by a young child.
• When cooking, use the burners at the back of the range and
turn saucepan handles towards the back so they can’t be grabbed
by little fingers.
• When you’ve finished using your iron or hair straighteners,
put them out of reach while they cool down.
Make sure your child can’t grab the cord while you’re using
• Teach children to always treat fire with respect.
Falls are the most common injury among young children both inside
and outside of the house. Make sure that high chairs and booster
seats are installed and used properly. Some flip flops may come
loose and trip children. Footwear should be appropriate for the
environment and type of play. The Healthy Families BC website has
more information on safety measures that people can take.
www.fraserhealth.ca for more health news and information.
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