Here are some statistics that may surprise you:
- Traumatic injury is the first leading cause of death for people under the age of 45.
- Every year, accidental falls cause three million injuries and related trips to the Emergency Department.
- 87 percent of bicyclists killed in accidents aren’t wearing helmets.
- Using a car seat reduces infant deaths by 71 percent.
Safety tips to live by
While not all injuries are preventable, these five tips can go a long way in keeping you and your family safe.
- Wear a helmet when you ride a bicycle, motorcycle or ATV; go horseback riding, skiing, snowboarding or sledding; or play contact sports. At a minimum, properly worn protective gear can lessen the severity of an injury.
- If you’re traveling in an automobile, RV or UTV, always buckle up to avoid being ejected from the passenger seat in a collision.
- Avoid falls by having a buddy present when you climb ladders and avoid walking on slippery surfaces.
- Use a life jacket and watch children at all times in or around bodies of water.
- Celebrate safely and if you drink, do it responsibly.
For more helpful, year-round safety tips, ask us for a free health and safety brochure.
In case of an emergency, call 911.