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We cannot afford not to prevent injuries. Injuries are the leading cause of death for Canadians under the age of 45 years, and the 4th leading cause of death for Canadians of all ages.
The most frustrating thing about injuries, from a public health point of view, is that the vast majority of them are predictable and preventable. (2009 Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario)
In Ontario, about 135 people are injured every hour, and about 13 people die from their injuries every day. (SMARTRISK, 2009)
The impact of injuries is huge in terms of personal and economic costs. Personal costs include:
• Decrease in quality of life
Injuries cost Canadians $19.8 billion in 2004. (SMARTRISK, 2009)
Injuries can happen to anyone, and at any time - at home, daycare, school, work, etc. By practising safe habits and knowing the risks you can prevent and reduce injuries.
The injury prevention section has information to keep you and your family safe. For more information, call 519 344-2062 ext. 2129, toll free 1-800-387-2882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A Healthy Sarnia-Lambton Community Picture Report, March 2011
See Injury Prevention, pages 48-51.