Children and Injury
Children are our most vulnerable population throughout Wellington County and the statements below reflect that vulnerability. Working collaboratively, we will have an impact on the reduction of harm to our youth.
- 5,000 children from birth to 9 years were admitted to a hospital and more than 165,000 visited an emergency department as a result of a fall in 2010 across Canada
- ATVs cause more permanent disabilities and death than most other sport or recreational activities.
- If drivers slow down to a speed of 30 km/h, they reduce the chance of children being injured on bicycles by almost half.
- A concussion is a brain injury that can’t be seen on routine X-rays, CT scans or MRIs. Proper fitting equipment is essential to helping prevent concussions during sports
- An estimated 44 children age 14 and under die every year in Canada from choking, suffocation and strangulation and another 380 are hospitalized for serious injuries.