Built playgrounds

What to look out for in community and backyard playgrounds.

Horseback riding

Horses can reach speeds up to 60 km/h (37 mph), resulting in more injuries per hour in the saddle than during motorcycle or auto racing. Per 1,000 injuries in equestrian activities, two are catastrophic – meaning the person has severe injuries to head or spinal cord that result in life–altering impairment or death. Injuries most […]

Camping and hiking

Around the campsite  Act and drink responsibly in a camping or hiking activity.  Arrive at the campsite with enough daylight to properly set up and check for hazards. These include broken glass, sharp objects, poison ivy, bee hives, and biting insects. Choose a site of appropriate size to have enough room for your equipment.  Clean your […]


Children are most likely to get hurt when they are just learning to ride, going too fast, riding near cars and traffic or not using safety gear. Choosing a skateboard Beginners should look for shorter decks, as these are easier to balance and handle.  Choose a wider board to maximize your support. Cover the deck […]

In-line skating

Children are most likely to get hurt because they are just learning to skate, going too fast, skating near cars and traffic or not using safety gear. Safety tips Recognize that injuries are particularly common in novice in-line skaters, roller hockey players and those performing tricks.  Do not attempt tricks if you are inexperienced.  “Truck-surfing”, […]


Fortunately, the majority of injuries in football are not serious. The most common injuries are contusions, muscle strains and ligament sprains. However, some injuries in football qualify as “catastrophic”, defined by the American Medical Association as injuries resulting in a 55 per cent or more impairment. These include traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury […]

Ice hockey

Safety tips Ensure everyone plays by the rules. No amount of equipment can prevent all injuries. Stretch and warm-up prior to each practice and game, as well as do a cool-down, to help prevent injuries. Skate heads-up when approaching the boards to prevent neck injuries. Take head injuries seriously. To prevent brain damage, organized amateur […]

Boating and sailing

Before boating and sailing Ensure the boat is in good working order.  Check the weather forecast and wind strength before leaving Give your passengers a safety briefing.  Ask the people you are boating with about their ability to swim, special medical conditions and allergies.  Think ahead about the management of acute medical conditions on board such […]

Play parks and water features

How to help prevent drowning and other injuries from occurring on splash pads, wading pools, ponds, fountains and other water features.

Backyard pools

Reduce the risk of your child drowning in a backyard pool though pool fencing and safety equipment.