Reducing the Risks of Trauma
Trauma generally impacts young adults, it has a devastating long-term effect on the lives and careers of both trauma patients and their loved ones. The financial cost of trauma care in the United States registers in the billions. The emotional costs are immeasurable.
Reduce the risks
- Always wear a seatbelt!
Seatbelts worn correctly greatly reduce the severity of injury in crashes.
- Buckle children in the back seat using age appropriate car seats and boosters.
California law now requires children be in a car seat until 6 years of age or 60 pounds.
- Pull over if you feel sleepy while driving.
Falling asleep at the wheel kills thousands of Americans every year.
- Don’t get caught up in road rage.
You can’t control other drivers, but you can control your reaction’s to them.
- Don’t drive if you are under the influence of controlled substances.
Someone dies due to someone driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol every 15 minutes.
- Keep all firearms safely locked up and away from children.
Safe storage can make the difference between security and disaster.
- Wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, scooter or motorcycle.
Helmet use reduces head and neck injuries by 65-85 percent.
- Teach children about water safety at an early age and monitor them carefully.
Pools are a “fatal attraction” to more than 350 children every year.
- Use personal flotation devices when boating.
Boating fatalities and injuries are on the rise in the U.S.
- Perform a safety walk-through of your home on a yearly basis.
As your family grows, the risks change. Don’t forget a fire plan!