“A few seconds of fun in the wrong place can change your life forever!” That is the warning from The War Amps Safety Ambassadors who appear in this video.

PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let it Happen to You

“A few seconds of fun in the wrong place can change your life forever!”

That is the warning from the Safety Ambassadors who appear in PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let It Happen to You. Speaking from personal experience, eight young amputees share their stories about how they lost their limbs in accidents and warn children to spot the danger before they play.


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PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let it Happen to You

A valuable resource for families, educators and community groups!

A few seconds of fun in the wrong place can change your life forever!

That is the warning from the Safety Ambassadors who appear in PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let It Happen to You. Speaking from personal experience, eight young amputees share their stories about how they lost their limbs in accidents and warn children to spot the danger before they play.

This unique kids-to-kids approach to safety awareness is at the root of the PLAYSAFE™ Program. The War Amps believes that no one is better qualified to deliver the PLAYSAFE message than members of the Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, many of whom have lost limbs in accidents while at play.

Rebecca and Adam

Child amputees (Champs) Rebecca and Adam invite viewers to join them on a SAFETY WALK™ to learn how to spot the dangers in their neighbourhoods. They teach kids that accidents can happen anywhere – even in your own backyard. Along the way, they introduce stories from other Champs who live in urban and rural areas and who, like them, have lost limbs in accidents.

The Champs speak candidly about how their accidents happened and, in a message aimed directly at their young audiences, they stress the importance of staying away from “mean machines” like lawn mowers, trains, boats, cars and farm equipment. The powerful theme song, Mean Machines, reinforces their warning: “Don’t let it happen to you!”

PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let It Happen to You tackles the important subject of child safety in a way that is both hard-hitting and positive. The Champs give helpful tips about how to choose safe places to play and demonstrate the artificial limbs they wear to lead active lives.

Spot the danger before you play. PLAYSAFE!

This unique kids-to-kids approach to safety awareness is at the root of the PLAYSAFE™ Program. The War Amps believes that no one is better qualified to deliver the PLAYSAFE message than members of the Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, many of whom have lost limbs in accidents while at play.

Rebecca and Adam

Child amputees (Champs) Rebecca and Adam invite viewers to join them on a SAFETY WALK™ to learn how to spot the dangers in their neighbourhoods. They teach kids that accidents can happen anywhere – even in your own backyard. Along the way, they introduce stories from other Champs who live in urban and rural areas and who, like them, have lost limbs in accidents.

The Champs speak candidly about how their accidents happened and, in a message aimed directly at their young audiences, they stress the importance of staying away from “mean machines” like lawn mowers, trains, boats, cars and farm equipment. The powerful theme song, Mean Machines, reinforces their warning: “Don’t let it happen to you!”

Featured Safety Ambassadors

Neveah Jordan Zoe Ernie Kennedy Rebecca Adam Julie
Neveah

Neveah

Neveah was visiting a farm one day and wanted to help by riding on a lawn tractor. She fell off and the blades cut her leg, which resulted in a below the knee amputation. Now, she warns other kids to stay away from lawn mowers and to never, ever ride on one.

When Neveah is not busy being a Safety Ambassador, she likes playing outside, running around the playground and jumping on the trampoline. She also loves animals, especially cats.

I wouldn’t want someone else to get hurt. It’s very important to PLAYSAFE and be cautious.
Jordan

Jordan

Jordan was playing in the yard behind a push lawn mower. It was so noisy that the operator didn’t hear him and didn’t know he was there. Jordan slipped and lost part of his foot due to the lawn mower’s blades.

Today, Jordan is a keen soccer player, but he also takes his job as Safety Ambassador very seriously. He helps spread the PLAYSAFE message by riding on board the PLAYSAFE float in local parades, and he gives presentations to schools and community groups.

I want to share my story so kids can know what it’s like.
Zoe

Zoe

Running after her dog on the lawn, Zoe slipped on wet grass and fell under a riding mower, an accident that resulted in the loss of her left leg below the knee. She was just four at the time.

Now, as a War Amps Safety Ambassador, Zoe is committed to sharing her story with other kids. She inspires others with her positive attitude and boundless energy.

I like hop-scotching and I like skip roping and I love lots and lots of things. A prosthetic leg can help me do all kinds of things but it’s not going to be like a regular leg, so PLAYSAFE!
Ernie

Ernie

Ernie was chasing a dog on the farm when he fell onto the blades of a moving grain auger and lost his arm at the shoulder.

Since then, Ernie has met other amputees in The War Amps CHAMP Program and has learned how to do all kinds of things with his artificial arm. For fun, he plays football, soccer and video games, and keeps busy with farm chores. He likes being a Safety Ambassador so he can prevent other kids from having an accident like he did.

Kids should stay away from all the machines. Accidents happen fast. I never thought it would happen to me until it did. Now, I teach kids to spot the danger before they play. PLAYSAFE!
Kennedy

Kennedy

At age 13, Kennedy made a decision that changed her life forever. She and her friends were playing by the railway tracks and decided to hop on a moving train. Kennedy fell off, and her leg went under the wheels. Doctors tried to save her leg but they couldn’t.

After the accident, she had to learn how to walk using an artificial leg. Kennedy enjoys all kinds of sports and plays the cello and saxophone. As a Safety Ambassador, she has a powerful message:

If I could say anything to kids that are thinking of jumping onto a train or playing near the railroads because it seems like it’s fun or just because your friends do it – don’t do it!
Rebecca

Rebecca

When she was four, Rebecca lost her leg above the knee in a boating accident. She was standing up in a dinghy when it hit a large wave. She fell overboard and the motor cut her leg.

Today, she is busy swimming, cycling and playing basketball and is a role model for younger amputees. She enjoys being on the water with her family and, as a Safety Ambassador, she likes to teach kids how to boat safely.

Whether you’re near, in or on the water, it’s good to stay alert. Accidents happen when you least expect it.
Adam

Adam

At the age of two, Adam ran into the path of a riding lawn mower in his backyard. He lost his leg below the knee.

He’s a teenager now and is active in many sports, including his favourite, hockey, where he plays goalie. Adam has been a War Amps Safety Ambassador for many years, giving PLAYSAFE presentations in schools, appearing in public service announcements on TV and helping out with the PLAYSAFE float in parades.

I accept who I am today and I wouldn’t change a thing, but I wouldn’t want anyone else to go through what I did, so PLAYSAFE.
Julie

Julie

When Julie, a teenager who lives in a farming community, tried driving a zero-turn lawn mower for the first time, she was thrown off and the machine ran over her. In what she described as a life-or-death situation, she ended up losing her left leg below the knee.

As a Safety Ambassador, she wants to remind kids that they’re not invincible.

I would like to help people and make sure that this doesn’t happen to them. You always think, ‘Oh, that won’t happen to me!’, but you never know. You really have to be careful.

Take Your Own SAFETY WALK!

To avoid danger, children must first learn to recognize it. You can help kids spot the danger by taking a SAFETY WALK™ around your community and pointing out the potential hazards along the way. Here are some resources to help you get started!


Spread the PLAYSAFE Message

War Amps Safety Ambassadors may be available in some communities to make PLAYSAFE presentations or to host displays at schools, clubs and safety events.

Please contact us for more information.
playsafe@waramps.ca
1 800 267-7487

You can help spread the safety message to children in your community by showing PLAYSAFE videos at local schools, clubs and groups, and to family and friends. Our PLAYSAFE videos are a great way to teach kids that safety is no accident! PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let It Happen to You is available as a full-length feature and in shorter segments, including a music video.

You can use the discussion questions to help make your video screening even more impactful. For additional handout materials, please contact us.


  • PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let It Happen to You

    In this full-length video, eight young amputees share their stories about how they lost their limbs in accidents and warn children to spot the danger before they play.

  • Mean Machines Music Video

    This short video set to a powerful theme song is a great introduction for children to the “mean machines” like lawn mowers, trains, boats, cars and farm equipment.

  • Dangers on the Water

    This segment from the full-length video focuses on the dangers that can be encountered on and around the water.

  • Trains Are Mean Machines

    This segment from the full-length video focuses on the dangers of trains.

  • Dangers on the Farm

    This segment from the full-length video focuses on the dangers that can be encountered on the farm.

  • Lawn Mowers Are Mean Machines

    This segment from the full-length video focuses on the dangers of lawn mowers.

Permission is granted to screen PLAYSAFE videos for non-commercial use in the classroom or any public setting for educational purposes. It is not necessary to ask for public performance rights.

War Amps Safety Ambassadors may be available in some communities to make PLAYSAFE presentations or to host displays at schools, clubs and safety events.

Please contact us for more information.
playsafe@waramps.ca
1 800 267-7487