Watch for some of your favourite local landmarks on July 5 as they turn on their green lights for the third annual National Injury Prevention Day (NIPD). NIPD is a day to raise awareness around the importance of injury prevention and help Canadians live long and full lives through education and advocacy. Recognized by Health Canada, NIPD is sponsored by Parachute, Canada’s national charity dedicated to reducing the devastating impact of preventable injuries.
Did you know that injury is the #1 cause of death of Canadians ages one to 44? Or that injury costs the Canadian economy $27 billion a year? Most injuries are preventable, and awareness is the first step to preventing injuries – and saving lives.
To help increase awareness, several municipalities across Canada are recognizing NIPD. Some of the confirmed landmarks in B.C. that will be lighting Parachute “green” in honour of the day are:
- Hospital walkway, Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops
- Pandosy Skywalk, Kelowna General Hospital, Kelowna
- Victoria Street Bridge, Trail
- Port Coquitlam City Hall, Port Coquitlam
- Civic Plaza, Surrey
- Vancouver City Hall, Vancouver
- Science World at Telus World of Science, Vancouver
- Canada Place Sails of Light, Vancouver
- Fitzsimmons Creek Bridge, Whistler
- BC Parliament Building, Victoria
Richard Jewitt, Director of Health Services - Patient Care at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, says partnering with maintenance to light up the walkway is “a great team effort to recognize this initiative and raise awareness.”
BC Place and Science World in Vancouver lit up green for NIPD 2018
You can support NIPD by taking photos of these landmarks that are lighting up on July 5, and by joining the conversation on social media using #ParachuteNIPD and #TurnSafetyOn. Last year the event garnered more than 33 million social media impressions!
- Preventable injury kills more Canadian children than any single disease, and more youth than all other causes combined.
- Teen drivers die in crashes at a higher rate than any other age group in Canada.
- 40 per cent of head injuries in children aged 10 to 19 occur during sports.
- 85 per cent of hospitalizations of Canadian seniors are due to falls.
Trauma Services BC is dedicated to ensuring optimal care for trauma patients in British Columbia. Learn more at the Trauma Services BC website.