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December 2020 - Winterize to Prevent Falls

December 2020 - Methamphetamine Use in Montana

  • Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that effects the central nervous system, causing harm throughout the body.
  • Approximately 1.6 million adults in the United States reported using methamphetamine in the past year.
  • In 2018, 4,204 stimulant-related hospitalizations and ED visits to Montana hospitals occurred, costing $39 million.

October 2020 - ​October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month

  • Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) usually results from an electrical disturbance in the heart and is a medical emergency.
  • Communities can come together and improve survival rates from SCA with help from the Cardiac Ready Communities Program at DPHHS.
  • Individuals need to know what to do in a SCA. Learn CPR and how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).

September 2020 - Falls Prevention Week: September 21-25,2020

September 2020 - Proper Use of Car Seats

August 2020 - International Overdose Day

  • August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event that aims to raise awareness of overdose, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and stimulate discussion about evidence-based overdose prevention and drug policy.
  • Some people might think prescription opioids are safer than alcohol or illegal drugs, but anyone can become addicted to opioids, even when prescribed by a doctor. Abusing opioids can lead to overdose, and even death.
  • Learn more about overdoses and prescription opioids in Montana and how you can get involved to help end overdose deaths www.helpsavelivesmt.org.

July 2020 - ​Prevent Hot Car Deaths

  • Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related death for children, and more than half of fatalities are the result of a child being unintentionally left in the vehicle by a caregiver.
  • Heatstroke deaths have occurred in all months of the year and in cooler states, like Montana, because the interior of a car can heat quickly – climbing up to 19 degrees in as little as 10-minutes!
  • Avoid heatstroke by never leaving a child alone in a car and use reminders such as placing your cell phone, purse or briefcase in the backseat with your child. Call 9-1-1 if you see a child alone in a car.

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