Injury Prevention

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3 million people are hospitalized and 27 million people are treated in emergency rooms as a result of violence and injuries each year. In the first half of life, more Americans die from violence and injuries. Injuries and violence has the potential to affect everyone, but the majority are preventable. Read the below quick safety tips for common hazards. 

Home and Recreational Hazards

Prescription Overdose
  • Inform your doctor of all medications you are currently taking, including herbal supplements
  • Do not mix medications, unless directed by your doctor
Poisoning 
  • Have child safety locks placed on lower cabinets, to prevent easy access to cleaning supplies
  • Make sure all medications are securely closed with the safety lid
Drowning
  • Have all pools gated to prevent accidental drowning
  • Watch kids while they are swimming in the pool
Fire
  • Make sure all smoke detectors are working in your home
Falls in Older Adults
  • Repair uneven flooring
  • Install shower handrails 
  • Request a fall risk assessment at your next doctor’s visit
 

Domestic Violence

Partner Violence
  • City’s Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.621.HOPE (4673)
Child Abuse and Neglect
  • New York State Child Abuse Hotline: 1.800.342.3720
 

Motor Vehicle Accidents

  • Wear seat belts at all times
  • Follow the speed limit and traffic laws when driving