Ahead of the Victoria Day long weekend, Alberta Health Services is reminding Albertans to make all-terrain vehicle safety a priority this spring and summer.
ATVs pose a risk to all users, particularly those under 16 years old, who have not yet developed the strength, skills or judgment needed to safely operate an ATV, according to AHS.
Between 2015 and 2020, children and youth in Alberta have experienced ATV-related injuries leading to ED/UCC, hospitalization and death.
There have been 6,908 ATV-related emergency department and urgent care centre visits in Alberta. Additionally, there have been 563 ATV-related hospitalizations and 13 ATV-related deaths for children and youth 16 years and younger in Alberta.
AHS supports the Canadian Paediatric Society recommendation anyone under 16 years old should not operate an ATV, even a child-sized or youth model.
Visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca for more information on ATV safety and injury prevention.