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Safety is NO Accident: National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week continues until the end of the week with the theme Safety is No Accident: Live Injury-Free.

The focus for Wednesday was Injury Prevention at Play. It only takes a moment for an injury to occur – a fall off a bicycle, an injured ankle playing tennis, a concussion after a football tackle. But it also takes just a moment to prevent recreation-related injuries and make ourselves and communities safer. Injuries are not “accidents” and with simple steps, we can stop them before they happen.

Thursday’s focus is On the Move. Suggestions include:

  • Wear a seat belt on every trip, no matter how short.
  • Make sure children are buckled up in a car seat, booster seat or seat belt.
  • Be cautious when crossing the street or road. Use sidewalks and avoid jaywalking.
  • Walk facing traffic and make yourself visible when walking at night.
  • Wear a helmet and reflective gear when on a bike, skateboard, scooter or other motor vehicle.
  • Avoid texting, eating, using the phone or grooming while driving.
  • Be a designated driver. Don’t drink and drive, let others drink and drive, or get into a vehicle with someone who has been drinking.
  • Avoiding driving while you are tired.
  • Discuss your rules of the road and ask your teen to pledge to avoid speeding, texting and having multiple passengers while driving.

The final focus on Friday is: In Your Community. The list of practical suggestions includes:

  • Join your Neighborhood Watch program.
  • Work with school leaders to implement school violence and bullying programs.
  • Keep weapons in a locked and safe place.
  • Model respectful communication in your interactions with children, family members and in the community.
  • Be a caring adult in the life of a young person.
  • Call the police or local child protective services if you suspect an older adult has been abused or a child neglected.

These simple ideas are only the beginning! Raise awareness of safety and injury prevention within your community during National Public Health Week. Everyone can help to make their community a safer and healthier place to live.

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