Injury Prevention Program Launched in Schools

first_img The program was started in 2002 as a pilot project in some Nova Scotia schools. It provides a number of safety activities and resources that can be adapted into school subject areas, including activities that allow students to practice their critical thinking skills. “We know that when children participate in the Risk Watch program it does have an impact and lives are saved,” said Paul Kells, president and founder of Safe Communities Canada. “The Department of Education, Halifax Regional School Board, Halifax Fire and Emergency Service and Halifax Regional Municipal Safe Communities Coalition are commended for their leadership and commitment to making the lives of our children safe right across the province.” Preventable injuries kill and disable more young Nova Scotians between age one and 25 than all other causes combined. Injuries cost Nova Scotians $570 million each year and have devastating impacts on families, friends, schools and communities. In response, Nova Scotia is the first province in Canada to adopt a comprehensive injury prevention strategy. Children and youth are two of the priority groups identified in the strategy. motor vehicle safety fires and burns poisoning falls and playground injuries firearm injuries bike and pedestrian safety water and ice safety choking, suffocation and strangulation A new school-based safety program will keep children safer by helping them strengthen their knowledge of injury prevention. Nova Scotia is the first province in Canada to launch Risk Watch, a comprehensive injury prevention program for Primary to Grade 8 students. The program teaches children how to make safer choices, resist peer pressure and influence family members and others around them to take action to reduce risks. “We have a responsibility to teach our children how to recognize and avoid everyday risks that can lead to injury,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “The Risk Watch program enhances the way students are learning to live and play safely.” The resource is provided to schools by the Halifax Regional Municipality Safe Communities Coalition, Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Service and the Department of Education. “The majority of injuries children encounter throughout their childhood are preventable and predictable,” said Bill Mosher, chief director of the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Service. “Elementary schools across the region and the province can use Risk Watch to incorporate safety lessons into daily activities in classrooms from Primary to Grade 8. Risk Watch will ultimately instill safer behaviours in future generations and help prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.” The Risk Watch program helps students learn about the eight leading causes of childhood injuries, which are: last_img

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