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Keep Your Little Guppies Safe in the Water

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury/death for children and adolescents; children aged one to three are especially vulnerable. As parents and kids gear up for a wet summer of fun at the pool, lake and beach, the following are some water safety tips to keep in mind that will make summer playtime a splash for all:

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Five Steps For Keeping Your Young Athlete Healthy & Injury-Free During The Summer Sports Season

It’s a question that bedevils virtually every parent with a kid who plays sports: Is there anything you can do to keep your young athlete on the field and off the disabled list? It turns out the answer is, "yes". Tony Breitbach, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of athletic training education at Saint Louis University’s Doisy College of Health Sciences, says there are five things every parent can do to help their kids stay healthy and injury-free while playing sports this summer.

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Window and Balcony Safety

With the return of warmer weather The City of Calgary Emergency Medical Services would like to remind parents of an often overlooked hazard in the home. To bring fresh air into your house, or to cool off in hot weather, we naturally think of opening a window. However, open windows can present a serious safety hazard for young children. Every year, Calgary paramedics respond to emergencies in the home where a child has fallen from an open window– often from the second floor.

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At What Age Can My Child Be Left Home Alone?

This is the question asked to Child Safe Canada by thousands of parents every year. The age at which children in Canada can be left at home alone for reasonable and short periods of time varies from province to province, ranging anywhere from approx. 10 to 12 years. There is no legislation in Alberta that determines an age at which a child may safely be left home alone. Alberta has placed that decision into the parent’s or guardian’s hands (assuming they are not placing a child in harm’s way).

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