Am­putee re­minds ev­ery­one to ‘Play Safe’

Northern Pen - - EDUCATION HOMELESSNESS -

As a Grad­u­ate of The War Amps Child Am­putee (CHAMP) Pro­gram and a Safety Am­bas­sador for the PLAYSAFE Pro­gram, I have met kids who have lost limbs in ac­ci­dents that could have been pre­vented. With the weather warm­ing up, it’s a good time to teach kids about the dan­gers that can come with sum­mer, such as lawn mow­ers, boat mo­tors and play­ing around water ar­eas.

There are many ways ac­ci­dents can hap­pen, but by play­ing safely, many of them can be avoided. I en­cour­age par­ents to take their chil­dren on a “safety walk” and point out the dan­gers in their area. These ex­tra pre­cau­tions can pre­vent the loss of a limb or other in­juries.

It only takes a split sec­ond for an ac­ci­dent to hap­pen, so let’s all play safe.

Kel­lie Jack­son writes from Con­cep­tion Bay South

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