The Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable) is partnering with London Drugs to kick off the summer with an 8-foot banana peel in downtown Vancouver.
Our silly sculpture has a very serious point: most “accidents” aren’t really accidents at all. Most of the time, you can see them coming—just like a humongous banana peel. And that makes them 100% preventable.
The larger-than-life banana peel is a universal symbol of the “accident waiting to happen” that’s understood in any language. We thought it was the perfect reminder that actually, serious injuries often don’t just “happen.” Oftentimes, we willingly close our eyes to the risks that are right there in front of us.
Preventable has consistently challenged the idea that serious injuries are a “fact of life” or that they only happen to “other people”. Because we know these attitudes are the common thread that underlies all serious injuries, whether they’re caused by motor vehicle crashes, falls from ladders, drowning, mixing medications, or anything else.
Let’s not kid ourselves: every day, we take risks we know could lead to injury—we speed on our way to work, we text while crossing the street, we stand on the top rung of the ladder. It’s not like we don’t understand what could happen. We just choose to ignore our inner voice that warns us about it.
The banana is an exaggeration of the risk that is right in front of us. We can’t ignore it—falls in particular are a top cause of preventable injury in BC! But since we can see it coming, we can prevent ourselves from slipping on it.
Wouldn’t it be great if we thought the same way about all risks?
The Big Banana will be outside of London Drugs at Georgia and Granville, 8am – 2pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 21-23). Come say hi!