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Injury Prevention

June 2020 - ​Stay Safe this 4th of July

  • Every year around July 4th, over 30 people are treated in Montana hospitals with firework-related injuries. The average charge for a firework-related hospital visit is $3,727.
  • Males are 3 times more likely to be injured by fireworks than females, and children age 0-17 are 2.3 times more likely to be injured than adults.
  • Burns to the face and arms are the most common injuries. Celebrate the 4th of July safely by following these safety tips.

June 2020 - Safe Summer Travel

  • Memorial Day weekend is the start to not only the busiest, but also the deadliest time on Montana roadways. Approximately 40 percent of highway fatalities happen between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.
  • Before hitting the road, make sure all passengers are wearing their seatbelt or restrained in an appropriate and correctly installed child restraint, and secure loose objects that could become projectiles in a crash.
  • Follow the rules of the road and drive free from the influence of drugs, alcohol, or distractions, and designate a sober driver or call a cab, Uber, or Lyft if you plan to drink.

April 2020 - Prevent Brain Injury to Reduce Risk of Cognitive Decline

  • Everyone is at risk for brain injuries, especially children and older adults. Even mild brain injuries, if repeated over time, can cause significant changes in brain function.
  • Brain injuries can raise your risk of cognitive decline and dementia, like Alzheimer’s. Love your brain by wearing a seat belt, using a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike, and taking steps to prevent falls.
  • Older adults can prevent falls by regularly exercising, reviewing medications with their health care provider, having their vision checked, and making their homes safer. Learn more about what you can do to prevent falls.

January 2020 - Fireplace Safety Tips

  • Half of all heat source-related home fires occur in December, January, and February; follow these important safety precautions when using a fireplace or other heat source in the home, such as testing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly.
  • Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents should be inspected and cleaned at least once per year. Even if the fireplace is used infrequently, inspections help to identify other problems, such as animal nests, that might cause issues.
  • Help keep children and pets safe and avoid a home fire with additional precautions such as safety screens, keeping a fire extinguisher close by, and never leaving a fire in the fireplace unattended.

January 2020 - Winter Weather Tips for Pets

December 2019 - Carbon Monoxide: The "Invisible Killer"

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that sends approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. each year to the emergency department.
  • Winter is prime time for CO poisoning as people turn on their heating systems and mistakenly warm their cars in garages; make sure to take extra precautions in winter months.
  • Protect yourself and your family by installing and maintaining CO alarms in your home and by knowing the symptoms of CO poisoning.

December 2019 - Winter Travel

  • In 2017 about 9% of fatal crashes in Montana occurred during rainy or snowy conditions; being prepared for winter driving can help keep you safe.
  • Keep your car maintained, follow safe driving practices (such as turning off your cruise control), and keep a winter weather kit in the car.
  • Before heading out, prepare for your drive by checking Montana road conditions, and remember, don't crowd the plow!

November 2019 - Binge Drinking and Opioid Misuse

October 2019 - National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

October 2019 - Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month

July 2019 - Focus on Boating Safety

  • Wear a lifejacket. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death; drowning from failure to wear a life jacket was reported in 88% of boating deaths.
  • Enjoy being on the water while sober. In Montana it is against the law to operate or be in physical control of a motor boat, personal watercraft, sailboat, water skis, surfboard, or similar device while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Plan ahead. 81% of kayaking fatalities and 46% of canoeing fatalities nationally were because of hazardous weather/water, operator inexperience or error, or a combination of both. Research the venue, check the weather, and make sure your skill levelequipment and provisions are adequate for the trip!

July 2019 - Focus on Active Transportation Safety

  • Making walking, bicycling, and other forms of active transportation safe benefits our communities.
  • In 2017 over 120 bicyclists in Montana were injured in crashes with motor vehicles; remember to bicycle safely, especially when sharing the road with motorists.
  • A helmet can protect you from serious brain or head injury. Learn how to pick the right one.

June 2019 - Focus on Firework Safety

May 2019 - May 23, 2019: Stop the Bleed Day

April 2019 - National Prescription Drug Take Back Day – April 27th

March 2019 - Teen Dating Violence

January 2019 - Impaired Driving

  • Montana has one of the highest rates in the nation for crash deaths caused by impaired drivers; impaired driving resulted in 61% of Montana’s roadway fatalities in 2017.
  • Nationally, drugged driving is increasing; similarly, DUI cases that involve both alcohol and drugs are on the rise in Montana.
  • Designate a sober driver ahead of time. If you get stuck without a sober ride, call a friend, or a cab, Uber or Lyft. It’s not just you that’s at risk- you could kill another person a family member, a friend, or someone else.

January 2019 - Carbon Monoxide (CO)Dangers

  • Carbon monoxide (CO), known as the Quiet Killer, is an odorless, colorless gas produced anytime a fossil fuel is burned that can cause sudden illness and death.
  • Common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion; people who are sleeping or intoxicated can die from CO poisoning before symptoms are recognized.
  • Prevent CO poisonings by proper use and maintenance of fossil fuel burning heaters, engines, and appliance, and by installation of CO detectors.

January 22-26, 2019 - Get the Facts, National Drug Facts Week