Personal Safety & Injury Prevention

Personal safety and injury prevention are essential to active and healthy living. Education in these areas plays a key role in applying health knowledge and making decisions about personal health. Positive behaviours in personal safety affect overall health and well-being.

Resources for personal safety and injury prevention

See ideas and resources below that support recreational and road safety:

  • Give opportunities to community members, parents, teachers and students to voice issues and engage in dialogue and problem solving related to helmet use and injury prevention
  • Make sure students are regularly wearing helmets according to school board policy 

  • Provide opportunities for students to share their perspectives and solutions on injury prevention issues through media and arts projects.
  • Suggest secondary school students volunteer with Hamilton Helmet Initiative to prevent injuries. Email healthyschools@hamilton.ca for more information.
  • Use Active & Safe Routes to School to support a healthy physical environment. It provides options for schools to create an active culture and travel system.

Resources for sun safety, shade and the importance of trees

See ideas and resources below that support sun safety and shade:

Here are some ideas to support a healthy physical environment for sun safety:

  • Access curriculum resources for students in grades 1 – 12 from Ontario EcoSchools  to support your school in becoming environmentally responsible  
     
  • Create an outdoor classroom using a grant from Evergreen
  • Developing school guidelines and policies that advocate for sun safety and shade creation
     
  • Engaging in school wide activities that promote sun safety and shade creation hrough:
  • announcements, bulletin boards and websites
  • assemblies
  • role modelling of sun safe behaviours
  • advocating for more shade in your school and community
  • participating in National Sun Safety Awareness Week in June

Check these resources:

  • Trees Hamilton
    Trees Hamilton maintains and plants trees in Hamilton and supports the School Ground Greening project for grade 3 students.

Certains renseignements et certaines ressources du Service de santé publique présentés sur cette page Web pourraient être disponibles en français. Communiquez avec l’infirmière affectée à votre école ou envoyez au courriel à healthyschools@hamilton.ca pour en savoir plus long sur les ressources et les services offerts en français. 

Contact your public health nurse or email healthyschools@hamilton.ca for more information.