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Red Deer City Hall lit green to mark National Injury Prevention Day

Most injuries are predictable and preventable, says Alberta Health Services

City Hall will be lit green to mark National Injury Prevention Day

Red Deer City Hall was lit up in green Tuesday night to mark National Injury Prevention Day.

Most injuries are predictable and preventable, according to Alberta Health Services.

”About 75 per cent of injury-related deaths in Canada are from unintentional causes such as falls, motor vehicle accidents and poisonings,” AHS said in a release.

“Alberta Health Services supports Parachute’s National Injury Prevention Day, which aims to help Canadians learn how to prevent injuries through education and advocacy.”

To mark this initiative, municipalities across Canada, including Red Deer, showed support by lighting up major landmarks in the distinctive ‘Parachute Green’ used by the national charity dedicated to injury prevention. In addition, the Government of Alberta proclaimed July 5 as National Injury Prevention Day.

In 2019, Alberta recorded 34,881 injury-related hospital admissions and 515,962 emergency department visits. In 2017, preventable injuries cost Albertans $7.1 billion in total economic costs.