Poison Prevention Week runs March 19 to 25

Parachute will take part in National Poison Prevention Week, from March 15 to 25 in 2023, to raise awareness about preventing unintentional poisoning. This annual national campaign draws attention to the causes of poisoning and how to prevent them from occurring. In 2023, we’re focusing on raising awareness about poisonings from medications under the theme #RethinkPoisons.

New course available for Toronto Vehicle-for-Hire drivers

Parachute’s Vehicle-for-Hire Training program has been certified by the City of Toronto for vehicle-for-hire drivers in that city as of October 2022. Click on the photo, right, to be taken to a page of information about our course and how to register, complete the course and obtain your certificate. After you read this page of information, if you have any further questions, please email info@parachute.ca.

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. “Breathe Easy” is our latest episode, released March 23, which focuses on addressing hazards that can impede a child’s breathing, such as suffocation, choking and strangulation.

Protect your baby’s breath: learn about safe sleeping

Canada’s second annual Safe Sleep Week runs March 13 to 17, 2023. Parachute joins Health Canada and others to promote safe sleep practices in Canada and help contribute to a decrease in sleep-related injuries to Canadian babies. The theme for 2023 is Protect Your Baby’s Breath, raising awareness about product-related threats to breathing, particularly for babies under four months.

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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