June 29, 2018
CALGARY – Ahead of the Canada Day long weekend and National Injury Prevention Day on July 5, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reminding all Albertans to make all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety a priority this summer.
ATVs pose a significant risk to all users and particularly children younger than 16 years of age who have not yet developed the strength, skills or judgment needed to operate an ATV.
Between April and June 21, 2018, 20 children were seen in Alberta's two pediatric Emergency Departments (combined), due to ATV-related injuries, and eight of these 20 children were injured so severely as to require admission to hospital.
Parents and caregivers are advised that children younger than 16 years old do not drive or ride in an ATV, including those marketed as ‘child-sized.’ Albertans 16 years and older are urged to take the following precautions to ensure their ATV excursions are as safe as possible:
Visit www.ahs.ca/injuryprevention for more information on ATV safety and injury prevention.
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.
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