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B.C. landmarks light up green for National Injury Prevention Day

On Wednesday, July 5, landmarks across B.C. and Canada joined the “Turn Safety On” campaign to help prevent serious injury and death. 
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Local landmarks turned on their green lights on July 5 for the third annual National Injury Prevention Day (NIPD). NIPD is a day to raise awareness around the importance of injury prevention and aid Canadians to live long lives to the fullest through education and advocacy. NIPD is sponsored by Parachute, Canada's national charity dedicated to reducing the devastating impact of preventable injuries, and recognized by Health Canada.​

Shine a light on preventable injury

Did you know that injury is the No. 1 cause of death of Canadians ages 1 to 44? Or that injury costs the Canadian economy $29.4 billion a year? Most injuries are predictable and preventable, and awareness is the first step to preventing injuries – and saving lives.

Below are the confirmed landmarks in B.C. that have “turned safety on" in honour of NIPD.​

  • ​​Kamloops Brain Injury Association, Kamloops
  • Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops
  • Kelowna General Hospital, Kelowna
  • Spirit of Sail, Kelowna​
  • Fraser River Foot Bridge, Quesnel​
  • Victoria Street Bridge, Trail
  • City Hall, Maple Ridge
  • City Hall , New Westminster
  • City Hall, Port Coquitlam​
  • Civic Plaza, Surrey​
  • BC Place, Vancouver
  • Burrard Street Bridge, Vancouver - lighting up on July 6
  • City Hall, Vancouver - lighting up on July 6​
  • Convention Centre, Vancouver
  • ​Sails of Light, Port of Vancouver
  • Fitzsimmons Covered Bridge, Whistler
  • ‎The Bastion, Nanaimo​
  • Ceremonial Entrance, Victoria Parliament Building
  • Front Centre Fountain, Victoria Parliament Building
  • Back Centennial Fountain, Victoria Parliament Building
  • Victoria Genera​l Hospital, Victoria
How can you support NIPD?
Canadians can support National Injury Prevention Day by visiting and taking photos of these landmarks that are lighting up on July 5-6, and join the conversation on social media​ using #ParachuteNIPD and #TurnSafetyOn.

Quick facts
  • Every day, 48 Canadians die and 634 are hospitalized because of injuries.
  • Preventable injury kills more Canadian children than any disease, and more youth than all other causes combined.
  • 75 per cent of injury-related deaths are from unintentional causes, such as falls, car crashes and poisonings.
  • Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, hospitalizations, emergency department visits and disabilities in Canada.
Learn more
Visit the Trauma Services BC webpage for tips on preventing common injuries​.

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