Injury Prevention And Public Education
WA State Goal - "Eliminate preventable death and disability due to injury and violence."
West Region Goal - "Promote programs & policies to reduce the incidence & impact of injuries, violence & illness."
News and Upcoming Events
2015-16 WREMS Prevention Grants
WREMS 2015-16 Prevention Grants have been awarded for the following projects
- Crisis Clinic for young adult suicide prevention outreach
- Lewis County Fire Dept. 15 for teen driving safety
- Lewis County Fire Dept. 15 for senior falls prevention
- Lewis County Public Health for car seats for low income families
- Mary Bridge Children's Hospital for child window falls prevention
- Providence St. Peter Hospital for Tai Ji Quan Moving for Better Balance classes for senior falls prevention
- Safe Kids Thurston County for child window falls prevention
- Safe Kids Thurston County for life jackets for life jacket loaner boards
- Trauma Trust for Tai Ji Quan Moving for Better Balance for senior falls prevention
2003 - 2013 Data Available from the National Violent Death Reporting System
Visit the NVDRS website. Data is available for several states across the nation, including Oregon. WA State recently received a grant to participate in the data reporting system. Data for WA State will be available next year.
Child Window Falls Prevention
The Cost of Unintentional Injuries
The cost of injuries and violence in the United States was $671 billion in 2013, according to two Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR) released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Learn More.
Never Leave a Child Unattended in a Vehicle
- Even on a mild 70-degree day the temperature inside a car can rise 19 degrees in just 10 minutes - and it continues to rise from there. Safe Kids used a giant thermometer that measures the temperature inside and outside a vehicle, and then asked passersby "what temperature do you think it is inside the car?"
See how their guesses compared to the real answer.
- NHTSA is urging parents and caregivers to think "Where's Baby? Look Before You Lock" to prevent child heatstroke. Flyers are available in English and Spanish
- It only takes 10 minutes for a car to reach deadly temperatures on a warm day. Learn how to keep children safe.
- Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle related deaths for children under the age of 14 yrs. Safety tips to prevent heatstroke in children.
Increase in Edible Marijuana Intoxication Among King County Children
Seattle-King County Public Health officials warn adults to keep edible marijuana products away from children after WA Poison Center reports a sharp increase in reports of child poisonings in King County. Press Release
Senior Exercise Opportunities
The Lewis Mason Thurston Counties Area Agency on Aging has created an online Senior Exercise Oportunities Map. The number one intervention for preventing falls and for healthy aging is regular exercise that targets strength, balance, flexibility and endurance.
State Technical Assessment Team Visits the WA State Dept of Health Injury and Violence Prevention Program
The State Technical Assessment Team visited the WA State Dept of Health in July, 2014, to assess the Injury and Violence Prevention Program. Overall, the state received high marks for the program. View the full report
Safe Sleep for Infants
The WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission, in partnership with Mary Bridge Childrens Hospital and the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office have produced a training for first responders on safe sleep for infants. Watch the video
Keep Your Child Safe Around Medicine
- In the event of a fire every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly.
- Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Have two ways out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
- Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Use the ladder only in a real emergency.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.
- Have a plan for everyone in your home who has a disability.
- Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime
- During the fall and winter, the risk of house fires, and related injuries and deaths, from portable space heaters increases. These are very preventable. The US Fire Administration has released a report on portable heater fires.
- To learn more visit the US Fire Administration website.
2013 WA State Injury Data Tables Available
2013 WA State injury data tables are available.
Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion
- Download the CDC Heads Up app. The app has information on signs and symptoms of a concussion and what to do if you think your child or teen has a concussion or other serious brain injury.
- Studies show that kids and young adults with previous concussions take longer to recover
- "Heads Up to Clinicians: Concussion in Sports among Kids and Teens" is a free, online course, developed by CDC for clinicians.
- Learn about Youth Concussion in Sports including prevention, how to recognize a concussion, and many other resources.
- The Brain Injury Alliance of WA works to ensure every person affected by Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) benefits from resources that maximize the quality of life, and to increase public awareness, support and hope for those affected by brain injury.
- Visit the CDC Heads Up - Brain Injury Awareness Facebook page.
- The Heads Up to Schools Know Your Concussion ABCs website provides materials developed for professionals working with grades K-12 to help identify and respond to concussions.
- The WA State Traumatic Brain Injury Council website has great information on TBI.
- CDCís research and programs work to prevent TBI and help people better recognize, respond, and recover if a TBI occurs. The website also provides information and resources on TBI and concussions.
- The University of WA TBI Model System works to promote the health, well being, and recovery of persons with TBI.
- Additional resources on concussion in sports, including posters and a brief video featuring NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell.
Injury Prevention Resources
- Report and data showing Years of potential life lost from unintentional child and adolescent injuries 2000-2009.
- The CDC website has a wealth of information on a wide variety of topics.
- East Pierce Fire and Rescue provides information and resources on their prevention and public education website. Be sure to check out their Just For Kids webpage.
- FDCARES is a fire dept based injury prevention and community assistance program. FDCARES was developed so that the fire dept may assist the citizens of their community with issues before it becomes an emergency.
- Prevention saves lives and reduces disability. Injuries can be prevented and their consequences can be reduced. Fact Sheet.
- Prevention works. Read the Success Stories.
- Child Injuries are preventable. Protect the Ones You Love.
- The WA State Dept of Health has resources and information on injury and violence prevention.