City of Hamilton - Public Health Services
Injury Prevention - Seasonal Safety
- 60% of drowning incidents occur in the summer.
- You can get a sunburn in just 15 minutes, depending on the UV index value.
- West Nile Virus season is from as early as April until the end of October. Even a small amount of water, for example, in a saucer under a flower pot, is enough to act as a breeding ground for mosquitos.
- Each year in Ontario, more than 5,000 people visit an emergency department and nearly 300 are hospitalized due to a fall while ice skating.
- Deaths from fire are higher than normal during the Christmas season.
As the season change, so do the types of risks for injuries.
To see information on how to keep safe throughout the seasons, see the topics below.
|Halloween, Holidays & Celebrations||From decorations to costumes - learn how to stay safe during Halloween, holidays and celebrations.|
|Summer Safety||From camping to playing outdoors - learn how to keep safe during the summer months.|
|Sun Safety||From sunscreens to sunglasses - learn how about sun safety.|
|West Nile Virus||From insect repellents to standing water - learn how to reduce your chances of getting West Nile Virus.|
|Winter Safety||From frostbite to winter activities - learn how to keep safe during cold activities.|
|Information used on this page comes directly from: Canadian Paediatric Society, Health Canada, Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK.|
Last updated: December 23, 2008