December 2016

Injuries from Falls on Stairs in Ontario

In 2015, there were more than 50,000 emergency visits for injuries from falls on stairs in Ontario. As a cause of falls leading to ED visits, stairs were exceeded only by slips and trips on the same level. 

This Ontario Injury Compass presents emergency visit data for injuries related to falls on stairs, as well as leading strategies to prevent these falls from occurring. 

Referenced in this Report

Health Canada. (2012). Is Your Child Safe?

Parachute. (2011). Child Safety Good Practice Guide: Good investments in unintentional child injury prevention and safety promotion - Canadian Edition. Toronto: Parachute.

Ontario Child Injury Prevention Committee. Prevent Child Injury: Key Messages for Preventing Child Injuries among Children 0-36 Months of Age.

Parachute. (n.d.). Home Safety: Around the House

Joint Task Group on Step Dimensions in Dwelling Units. (2013). Report on Step Dimensions in Dwelling Units. (n.p.): Joint Task Group on Step Dimensions in Dwelling Units.

Scott, V. (2012). Fall Prevention Programming: Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Fall Prevention Programs for Older Adults. Raleigh, North Carolina: Lulu Publishing. 

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Canadian Falls Prevention Curriculum

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Evidence-Informed Practice Recommendations

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