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A giant banana peel will be on display at Olympic Village this weekend.
The supersized skin is being put there by The Community Against Preventable Injuries who want to encourage British Columbians to get outside and enjoy themselves, while being mindful that long weekends are also a busy time for emergency departments.
According to the organization, the number of injury related hospitalizations in the summer is higher on long weekends than on regular weekends. And they’re hoping that their larger-than-life banana peel will encourage Vancouverites to take their safety seriously.
“Serious injuries, such as those from motor vehicle crashes, falls, burns, or drowning,
may seem like accidents, but in fact 90% of these ‘accidents’ are preventable,” says Dr.
Ian Pike, spokesperson for Preventable.
“Often we have the attitude, ‘it won’t happen to me.’ Unfortunately, this attitude often
leads people to dismiss the risks, whether it’s speeding on their way out to the cabin, or
leaving the lifejackets on the dock.”
The banana skin will be on display on Athletes Way (between Manitoba and Salt Street) from 11 am to 5 pm throughout the long weekend.