National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month!

Healthy Ontario encourages you to spread the word and reduce the risk of injuries in our community. Accidents/unintentional injuries have become the number one cause of death in America. It is important to raise awareness about important safety issues happening around you.

Where: 

  • Workplace
  • On the Road
  • School
  • Home
  • Everywhere

How can I take action?

Summer is here, and everyone can get involved in reducing the risk of injuries.

The Healthy Ontario Initiative has taken action to make our streets safer for our community. By adding sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, and streets lights, Ontario is becoming a more ‘walkable’ community. With the help of City Departments and partners, Ontario is aiming to provide new opportunities for you to be healthy and safe.

Remember to spread awareness about the dangers of cars.

Tips:

Walkers

  • Walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk and you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic
  • Before crossing the street, stop and look left, right and left again to see if cars are coming
  • Never dart out in front of a parked car
  • Parents: Practice walking to school with your child, crossing streets at crosswalks when available
  • Head up, Phone Down Never walk while texting or talking on the phone (if necessary, move out of the way of others and stop on the side)

Bikers

  • Always wear a secured, fitted helmet
  • Children need to know the rules of the road: Ride single file on the right side of the road, come to a complete stop before crossing the street and walk the bike across
  • Watch for opening car doors and other hazards
  • Use hand signals when turning
  • Wear bright-colored clothing

Other injuries: Always be aware of your surroundings and be careful!

Always remember to call 911 in case of an emergency.

Resources: National Safety Council