STARS News Release
STARS calls for caution over long weekend
August 30, 2012
August 30, 2012 – What do Steinbach, MB; Estevan, SK; and Cold Lake, AB; all have in common? Each have populations close to 14,000 which is equal to the number of Canadians who die each year as a result of preventable injuries.
Dr. Louis Francescutti, an emergency physician, professor of preventative medicine and president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is partnering with STARS to reduce the number of injuries this long weekend by reminding the public to focus on safety.
“Injuries are the leading cause of death for Canadians less than 45 years old, and kill more children under age 19 than all childhood diseases combined,” says Dr. Francescutti.
Media can call to arrange interview opportunities with Dr. Francescutti by contacting him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 780 492 6546. For interviews with a STARS team member, or to receive information about ongoing STARS missions, please call the STARS media line at 1-866-966-8277.
Tips to stay safe and injury free this Labour Day weekend:
- Recognize the risk inherent in activities outside your routine environment and prepare accordingly.
- Wear safety gear, especially a helmet, when engaged in activities that have a risk of head injury and insist that everyone wear lifejackets when in a boat.
- Do not operate motorized all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or go boating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (including prescription drugs that may cause impairment).
- Ensure you have the proper training and education to operate ATVs or powerboats before using them.
- When in remote areas, or on lakes and rivers, inform someone about your location and anticipated departure and arrival times.
- Actively supervise children and stay within arm’s reach of small children when they are in, on or around water.
- Drive the speed limit while on roadways, and drive powerboats and ATVs responsibly by adjusting your speed to suit the situation and conditions.
- Learn basic swim survival skills and know how to stay calm during an unexpected fall into water.
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A charitable, non-profit organization, STARS provides rapid and specialized emergency medical care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. STARS currently operates from five bases across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Since 1985, STARS has flown more than 23,000 missions.
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