Concussion Awareness Week, Sept. 25 to Oct. 1

This annual week raises awareness in Canada about preventing concussions and how to recognize when a concussion has occurred after a blow to the head or body, and follow best practices for return to activities. In Ontario, the week encompasses Rowan’s Law Day Sept. 28, in honour of Rowan Stringer, who died as the result of head injuries she sustained while playing rugby.

Nominate your local crossing guard

Nominate your local crossing guard to be named Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard. The winner and their school each get a $500 prize, supported by Desjardins Insurance. Nominations open Sept. 26 and close Friday, Nov. 14.

National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 16 to 22

This year’s awareness campaign, sponsored by Desjardins Insurance and CN, draws attention to the dangers of distracted driving under the theme #DrivingTakes100 As well, it drives home the dangers of speeding, aggressive and impaired driving and provides tips on rail safety.

Popping the Bubble Wrap podcast

Our new podcast focuses on the “household safety officer”: the person in a family who worries about safety. Hosted by Parachute’s President and CEO Pamela Fuselli, each episode in our first season features a roundtable of parents who talk about an injury they worry about, followed by expert advice. Our second episode, available Sept. 22, focuses on The Worst Advice Your Parents Gave You.

Register now for the Canadian Injury Prevention Conference

Join us in Vancouver, B.C. Nov. 2 to 4 for this national in-person conference focused on injury prevention featuring keynote speakers the Globe and Mail’s health columnist André Picard and Dr. Frederick Voon, author of Your Inside Guide to the Emergency Department, And How to Prevent Having to Go!

Parachute in the news

Why injury prevention matters

At Parachute, Canada’s national charity dedicated to injury prevention, we know the majority of injuries are predictable, and preventable.

In Canada, unintentional injury is…

No.1 cause of death for people ages 1 to 34

No.4 cause of death overall

48 Canadians die every day on average from an injury

61% of injury-caused deaths in seniors stem from falls

Prevention works

In the past decade, we’ve seen fewer injury-related deaths in Canada thanks to better laws, products and education. How we can do more:

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Have safer road design & construction
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Enforce regulations & ensure healthy policies put in place to reduce injury
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Improve how our homes are set up
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Follow best safety practices

Our Vision

We envision a Canada free of serious injuries, with Canadians living long lives to the fullest.

We want people to play, explore and be active while avoiding hazards that can cause injury and death.

So go ahead and skydive – but wear your parachute, when you do.

Keep Canada healthy

Help us eliminate predictable and preventable injuries

Know the facts

Educate yourself, your family and your community using our online resources

Understand the best practices

Participate in our many programs
Promote our awareness campaigns

Take action

Advocate for changes in laws and regulations to build safer environments and for enforcement measures that will reduce injury.

As a charity, we rely on your financial support to continue our work.

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