Back to School Safety

It’s that time of year again, Back to School! With everyone eagerly getting back into the swing of the school year, it’s a great time to remind everyone about a few tips to reduce injury risk and promote safety.

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

It’s tempting to be looking down at your phone as you walk into school, you want to know where your friends are going to be once you get there! Keep in mind though, if your eyes are fixed on a screen, you are not paying attention to your surroundings. Make sure to keep your Phones Down Heads Up and pay attention to what is going on around you! Take a look at Parachute’s guide for staying safe this school year.

BICYCLE SAFETY

Ellen’s Law was put into effect June 1, 2017 which requires that vehicles must maintain at minimum 1 Metre of distance between themselves and cyclists on the road. Remember that we are ALL traffic, whether you’re driving a motor vehicle, a pedestrian on a sidewalk or a cyclist on the side of the road. Click here for some great resources and useful links on bicycle safety.

CONCUSSION AWARENESS

Back to school means back to sports for many students! Remember to keep in mind the signs and symptoms that could indicate a concussion. Concussions are a brain injury; if you believe one of your students or players has sustained one, they should stop what they are doing immediately. A consult with a health care professional is recommended. Unsure of how to recognize a concussion? Click here for our recognition tool!

With the excitement of Back to School fast approaching, let’s remember to play it safe! We can work together to make 2017-2018 an injury free year!

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