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What age can I leave my child alone?
Halton Children’s Aids Society strongly recommends that no child under the age of 10 should be left home alone.
At Home Alone - Family Handbook 241KB:
A handbook for parents and children to help assess child readiness and take necessary preparations to be left home alone safely.
Developed by Toronto Public Health and Partners in Prevention
Getting ready to have your child stay home alone is a big milestone for families. The aim of the Family Workshop Handbook (featured on the right) is to help you get ready. Using the handbook, families can develop a personal safety and injury prevention plan that is tailored to meet their unique needs. In your discussions as you go through the exercises, remember to:
Home alone courses
First aid and CPR courses
Wearing a properly fitted helmet helps to protect your brain from absorbing the force from a fall at any age. In fact it can reduce the risk of serious head injury by up to 85%. (Safe Kids Canada).
Tips to help you find the right helmet::
Walking to school is a great way for children to be active. To do this safely, children need to know the rules of the road.
A concussion is a common form of brain injury and can be caused by a direct or indirect hit to the head or body (for example, a check to the boards, a hit to the head or car crash). This causes a change in the brain function, which results in a variety of symptoms. With a concussion there is no visible injury to the structure of the brain, meaning that tests like MRI or CT scans usually appear normal. (Think First Canada)
is a national, charitable organization dedicated to preventing injury and saving lives. Parachute's injury prevention programming and advocacy efforts are designed to help Canadians reduce their risks of injury while enjoying long lives lived to the fullest. It was created from the amalgamation of four leading Canadian injury prevention groups:
Enjoying swimming and water play is a fun way to maintain an active
lifestyle, but it doesn’t go without risks.
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Halton Region is composed of
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the Town of Milton,
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