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Safety and Injuries

The Public Health Agency of Canada reports injuries as the leading cause of death for Canadians between the age of 1 and 44, and the third leading cause of death for those ages 45 to 64.  Everyday we put ourselves as risk for injury and harm, however, when it comes to injuries, there is no such thing as an accident. By becoming aware of hazards in our environment and ways to protect ourselves we can prevent injuries before they happen.

The Northwestern Health Unit provides information, resources, and community-based activities to prevent injuries. To find out what is going on in your community, visit your community page.

Child safety
Whether at home, while playing or when in the vehicle there are steps we can take to protect the safety of children.

Intentional injuries
Find out more about self-harm, suicide and what you can do to help recognize and prevent intentional injuries.

Road safety
Learn more about on-road and off-road safety, driving for the conditions, bike safety and impaired driving.

Seniors falls prevention
Read more about how healthy eating, physical activity, home safety and regular visits with your doctor can help you keep your independence.

Sport and recreation injuries
View resources and information related to concussion prevention and returning to play after a concussion, drowning prevention, and safety on the water.

 

Public Health Question
  • Q:
    How much alcohol can I drink without harming my health?
    A:
    ​Drinking is a personal choice. If you choose to drink, following Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines is the best way to limit your intake and decrease the negative health effects of alcohol consumption. The guidelines recommend that: ...