While playful activities are meant to be healthy and fun, they can also lead to serious injuries. Taking some precautions can help keep your activity safe and fun. Read through the material below for more information.
- Learn the signs of a concussion, as well as how to prevent them
- Make safe decisions in and around water
- Always wear a helmet and know the rules of the road when cycling
- Enjoy the sun safely, it’s no joke
- Learn about the risks and rewards of playing outdoors
CONCUSSIONS: Know the Signs
A hit or fall can damage your brain, so know the signs of a concussion. When in doubt, sit it out! See your healthcare provider if you think you or a loved one has suffered a concussion.
- Light sensitivity
- Noise sensitivity
- Difficulty thinking
- Feeling slowed down
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty remembering
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Sleeping more or less than usual
Did you know 20-24 year olds and those over 55 have the highest drowning death rates in Ontario? Regardless of age, inexperienced, weak, or non-swimmers should always wear a lifejacket when near or in the water. Download the fact sheet below to learn more about playing safely in or around water.
people in Ontario drowned from unintentional water-related injuries in 2015*
of drownings in Ontario happen in lakes*
of boating related drownings could be prevented if lifejackets are worn*
*Source: Water Safety eNewsletter 2018
Cycling is a common pastime that is fun, social, healthy and great for the environment. Cycle safely by always wearing a properly fitted helmet and know the road rules wherever you are. Download the helmet fitting guide below before you or your child starts peddling.
SHARE THE ROAD
Did you know that Ontario has a law stating that motorists must leave at least 1 metre when passing a cyclist? Cycling safety requires that motorists and cyclists work together to share the road. Follow the rules of the road and be a safe and respectful driver!
Enjoy the outdoors on a sunny day is a great way to stay active, but the sun can be very dangerous if not taken seriously. Sunburns, skin cancer, and eye damage are just a few of the side effects of unprotected sun exposure. Learn the facts and play safely!
If you are going to be out in the sun, stay safe by starting with these tips:
- Avoid high UV index times of day from 11am-3pm
- Seek shade when possible or bring your own like an umbrella or
- Wear clothing or wide-brimmed hat to cover as much skin as possible
- Wear sunglasses with UV protection
- Use sunscreen SPF, reapply after sweating or going in the water
Active Outdoor/Risky Play
Access to active play in nature and outdoors—with its risks—is essential for healthy child development. We recommend increasing children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors in all settings—at home, at school, in child care, the community and nature.
In play, risk doesn’t mean courting danger—like skating on a half-frozen lake or sending a preschooler to the park alone. It means the types of play children see as thrilling and exciting, where the possibility of physical injury may exist, but they can recognize and evaluate challenges according to their own ability. It means giving children the freedom to decide how high to climb, to explore the woods, get dirty, play hide ’n seek, wander in their neighbourhoods, balance, tumble and rough-house, especially outdoors, so they can be active, build confidence, autonomy and resilience, develop skills, solve problems and learn their own limits. It’s letting kids be kids— healthier, more active kids.
Learn more by downloading this Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play prepared by 14 Canadian organizations.