Parachute Safe Kids Week 2019 

Thanks to all of our community partners that participated in Parachute Safe Kids Week this year! We had more than 200 community partners that planned activities during the week, including 124 Ontario community partners. 

Parachute Safe Kids Week is an annual campaign to raise public awareness of child safety issues in Canada, encouraging community involvement as part of the solution. This year, Safe Kids Week took place June 3 to 9, and focused on the topic of preventing harm from children’s falls in the home and at play.

We partnered with Hydro One as our Ontario sponsor for Safe Kids Week 2019 and provided enhanced resource toolkits for 100 Ontario Safe Kids Week partners. Additional toolkits were available to buy for interested communities across Canada.

While the official week is over, we encourage Canadians to continue to join the discussion on social media by following us @ParachuteCanada on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and using the hashtags #FallProofYourHome and #SKW2019 to spread our message widely. And you are welcome to continue using the resources below.

The #FallProofYourHome Contest has been extended to June 30, 2019! We encourage Canadians, once you've completed the Checklist, to take a photo and share it with Parachute & Hydro One on social using the hashtags #FallProofYourHome#SKW2019 for a chance to win one of three $300 gift cards to The Home Depot.

Resources

Below are resources to help organize activities and events around preventing harm from children’s falls in the home and at play. 

 

Backgrounder (PDF)

Use this document to get an overview of this year’s Parachute Safe Kids Week campaign, and the key messages on preventing harmful child falls in the home and at play.

Parent Tips (PDF – print double-sided one page)

Use this tip sheet with parents and caregivers to spread awareness of childhood falls and prevention tips in the home and at play. 

Signature Activity Guide (PDF – print double-sided 2 pages)

Use this activity guide to help you organize the #FallProofYourHome Challenge and other activities/events in your community to raise awareness of child fall prevention in the home and at play.

Home Fall Proof Checklist (PDF)

Checklist provides a list of what to look for in the home to prevent harm from children’s falls, and can be used to complete the #FallProofYourHome Challenge activity.

Social Media Tools

Join the conversation on social media with these ready-made posts, a digital frame/filter (for selfie fun), and ready to share illustrations.

Safe Kids Week Social Media Guide (PDF)

Facebook digital Frame (see the Social Media Guide for instructions on how to use it)

Social Media Images

 

Colouring Sheets (PDF – print double-sided 3 pages)

This set of six illustrations to be coloured show how to keep a home falls safe.

Fall Proof Your Home Video

Media Templates

Media Advisory Template (Word document)

News Release Template (Word document)

Public Policy

Proclamation Template (Word document) 

This template can be used by municipalities to officially declare Parachute Safe Kids Week in your community.

Additional Resources

  • Alex at the Playground: A Children’s story about playground safety and falls prevention. Books are available in both English and French. Distributed with the permission of York Region Community and Health Services; to adapt or reproduce, please contact injury.prevention@york.ca or call 1-877-464-9675 ext. 76684
  • Fall Prevention Month Children’s Toolkit. Developed by the Partners for Fall Prevention Month. 
  • Join Loop Junior, Canada’s Fall Prevention Community of Practice for practitioners, caregivers, researchers and policy planners working for the health and care of children ages 0 – 6.  
  • Preventing Childhood Falls presentation slides. Developed by Saskatchewan Prevention Institute.