Thursday, April 7, 2011

Safety on the Move: National Public Health Week 2011

national public health week safety on the move This is National Public Health Week (April 4-10). This year's theme is: Safety is NO Accident: Live Injury-Free. According to the American Public Health Association, 150,000 die each year from accidents, and another 30 million go to the emergency room.Let's work together to decrease injuries and death from avoidable causes.

Please take a moment, read and share these helpful tips:
-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 mindful of the environment and be cautious when crossing the 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.

For these and other tips - check out the American Public Health Association website.

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