This Version Posted: May 25, 2020
With most injuries to young children already occurring at home, the risk can increase for everyone due to the change in daily routine during COVID-19. Consider:
- Overwhelmed parents/caregivers juggling work-at-home and child-care duties may not see the risks around them.
- Children who are curious, bored and full of energy may be tempted to try new and unsafe activities.
- Homeowners anxious to use down time to do renovations may take on projects without proper tools or know-how.
Add substances like alcohol or marijuana use to the mix, and there’s a recipe for disaster – and injury!
The key to avoiding injuries is prediction and prevention. Slow down, consider the risks and make a plan. Could you temporarily move your home office to the backyard so the kids can play and be supervised? Instead of rushing into it into yourself, could you put off doing a home-reno project until after the pandemic is over so you can hire an expert or order the proper tools?
- HKPR District Health Unit
- Keep Your Family Healthy During COVID-19
- Healthy Families Facebook page
- Make Your Home a Safe Place During COVID-19 – Parachute Canada
- Preventing Home Injuries in the Time of COVID-19 – Canadian Paediatric Society
- Prevent Child Injury – Funded by Public Health Ontario and Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
- Protect Yourself and Your Family From Poisonings During COVID-19: Safely Use Hand Sanitizers, Disinfectants and Household Cleaning Products – Health Canada
Despite your best efforts, injuries can still happen and may require medical treatment. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, call your family doctor, go to the hospital ER or call 9-1-1. If you are self-isolating or have COVID-19 symptoms, please let responders know in advance.