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Proposed Regulations to Reduce Risk of Strangulation

On June 16, 2017, the Government of Canada announced its proposal to amend the Corded Window Covering Products Regulations, SOR/2016-172 (the “Regulations”), to include new measures to reduce the risk of child strangulation (the “Proposed Regulations”). Ordinary household objects can cause serious injuries to children. In particular, corded window covers create a risk of child…
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Childproofing the Bedroom

We think of bedrooms as a place of sleep and sweet dreams. While that’s true for even a child’s bedroom, there are little things that can cause bumps in the night or day that could end up with a visit to the emergency room. You’ve probably thought about childproofing your kitchen, your living room, or…
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Health Canada’s Proposed Regulations on Playpen Safety

Many parents regard playpens as a safe playing environment for their children. Yet playpens can pose a safety risk. Since 1990, Health Canada received 156 reports of incidents associated with playpens and their accessories. These included 10 deaths, 1 serious injury, 31 minor injuries, and 114 incidents without injury. Parents should be mindful of the…
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Helping Kids Recover from Sports Concussions

You’re in the stands cheering on your kid as he or she is playing their favourite sport, when suddenly, they take a hard hit to the head. You panic, rush to the sidelines, and make sure they are alright. Checking for signs of a possible concussion, you and the coach agree to remove your child…
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Steps for Childproofing Stairways

It may be a few small steps for you, but to a little child a staircase could be a giant leap or tumble to a serious injury. Each year, thousands of children are hurt on stairs and most of these are completely preventable falls. Whether it’s up to bedrooms, down to the basement, or to…
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Childproof Your Kitchen

Parents have a lot of worries when it comes to home safety for their kids. But there’s one room in the house that provides both nourishment and danger – the kitchen. It’s full of knives, burners, and interesting places for kids to climb around and explore. We continue our series of helpful tips for childproofing…
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Canada’s New Concussion Strategy

While concussions to Eric Lindros and Sidney Crosby make the headlines, they represent only the tip of the concussion iceberg. Each year 160,000 Canadians suffer some kind of brain injury and over a million live with the effects each day. And now, the federal government is taking action. The Canadian government recently announced a $1.4…
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Childproof Your Living Room

As a parent, you worry endlessly about protecting your kids but you may be overlooking a major problem area. Your living room is a kid hazardous zone. That glass coffee table or that ultra-modern media centre with the slick TV and sharp corners may look great to you, but to a toddler they represent danger…
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Safety Tricks for Halloween

Halloween is here again. Soon the streets will come alive with ghosts, goblins, and all sorts of colourfully clad critters. Here are a few things to keep your kids safe as they hit the streets in search of goodies. Costumes First, choose the right costume. The most important thing is to be seen. Wear bright…
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Kids, Sports, and Concussions

A new sport season is about to kick off and that means all sorts of active fun. But are your kids playing it safe? If they do get hurt, do you know how to identify a concussion? And do you know what to do? These are questions every parent should be asking themselves whenever their…
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