Safety Category Archives

Is Your Home Safe for Holiday Visitors?

As we flip the calendar to December, we begin to welcome friends and families to share holiday joy in our homes.  Some of us may even be making plans to welcome a certain jolly old elf in a bright red suit.  But how do we know our driveways, and walkways (and chimneys!) are safe for our visitors when they enter our home? Driveways – to …

Every Dog Has its Day: Hopefully Not in Court

The joy and happiness of dog ownership has been proven time and time again. However, with dog ownership also comes legal responsibly. After all, dog breeds of all shapes and sizes have the potential to inflict harm, even inadvertently, to people or other animals and the legal consequences must be taken seriously. In Ontario, the Dog Owners’ Liability Act (the “Act”) governs the law in …

Back to School, Back to Sports

Back to School, Back to Sports September brings kids back to school and back to the sports field. Very soon, teams of kids will be racing onto football fields and begin crashing into each other with the all the wild abandon of bulls on the streets of Pamplona. The reality of a sport like football is that a good number of kids will walk away from the …

The Hidden Dangers of Swimming Pool Entrapment

Most parents are familiar with the usual dangers associated with swimming. However, little is known of the potentially very serious hazards associated with “swimming pool entrapment”. Children are particularly vulnerable to entrapment which occurs when swimmers become trapped at or against a pool or spa drain, due to pump suction. Hair, body parts, bathing suits and jewellery can lead to entrapment and the resulting injuries …

Head injuries in professional sports raise awareness for concussions and traumatic brain injuries

Earlier this month, we saw Germany take home the 2014 World Cup with a beautiful goal by Mario Gotze. However, during the same game, Christoph Kramer’s head first collision with Argentina’s Ezequiel Garay arguably received just as much attention. The replay shows Kramer’s head violently strike the shoulder of Garay and whip backwards causing him to collapse on the field. After the hit, Kramer continued …

More than 4,000 helmets donated through OTLA’s 2014 Bike Helmets on Kids campaign

Everyone should wear a helmet when riding a bike, but children especially need protection because of the heightened risk they face. Head injuries are the number one cause of serious injury and death to kids on bicycles. It’s also the law—in Ontario, anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet while riding a bicycle on the road or sidewalks. Earlier this spring, we …