Home Safety

Did you know?

• An average of 400 Canadians drown each year and drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Canadian children ages 1 to 4.

• 42% of children ages 5 to 14 who drowned in the past ten years did not have an adult watching them at the time.

• 41% of Canadian parents polled rank their swimming skills as fair,weak or as a non-swimmer.

• 40% of parents do not know CPR.

Home can be a safe place for children to learn and grow. However, most injuries to young children do occur in their homes. Children are vulnerable in this environment because heights, space and structures are built for adult use and comfort, but often create hazards for children.

Each year, more than 20,000 children are seen in emergency departments across Canada with injuries that occurred at home. This means that every day, approximately 60 young children suffer injuries in the home serious enough to be taken to the hospital.

Injuries in the home are most often caused by falls, burns, poisoning, choking, strangulation and drowning.

Falls account for more than half of all the injuries and most often children fall from furniture and stairs, in addition to falling through windows.

Burns are usually caused by hot liquids and tap water that is too hot. Scald burns can lead to longer hospitalizations and lifelong treatment.

Poisoning is most often from medication, household cleaning products and personal care products.

Choking is typically caused when eating food, while strangulation of toddlers and preschoolers is most often caused by entanglement in window blind cords.

Drowning frequently occurs in bathtubs and home swimming pools.


Injuries by age:

Less than 1 year: Among both males and females, Falls were the leading cause of injury hospitalization, followed by Assault.

1 to 4 years: Among both males and females, Falls were the leading cause of injury hospitalization, followed by Poisoning.

5 to 9 years: Among both males and females, Falls were the leading cause of injury hospitalization, followed by Struck by/against.

10 to 14 years: Among both males and females, Falls were the leading cause of injury hospitalization. Struck by/against was the second leading cause of injury hospitalization among males, while Intentional Self-harm was second among females.

HELP  LINES:


Parent help line  1-888-603-9100

Poison info Centre (Ont.)  1-800-268-9017

Telehealth Ontario  1-866-797-0000

National Missing children services  1-877-318-3576

Family & Child services  1-416-325-0500