Injury Prevention And Public Education
WA State Goal - "Eliminate preventable death and disability due to injury and violence."
West Region Goal - "Reduce preventable and premature death and disability through targeted intervention and injury and illness prevention activities and public education programs."
News and Upcoming Events
3rd Annual WA Safety Summit
Save the Date! Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual WA Safety Summit which will be held March 25, 2015. Flyer
Senior Exercise Opportunities
The Lewis Mason Thurston Counties Area Agency on Aging has created an online Senior Exercise Oportunities Map for Lewis, Mason and Thurston counties. The number one intervention for prevention falls and for healthy aging is regular exercise that targets at least two of the following - strength, balance, flexibility and endurance. Check out the Online Map.
2014-15 WREMS Prevention Grants
WREMS Prevention Grants have been awarded for the following projects
- Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason County for youth suicide prevention in Thurston County.
- Lewis County Fire District 5 for senior fall prevention
- Lewis County Fire District 5 for teen texting and driving prevention
- Lewis County Public Health to provide car seats for low income families
- Lewis Mason Thurston Counties Area Agency on Aging for a senior fall prevention project in Lewis and Thurston Counties
- Pacific Lutheran University for a balance enhancement research project for fall prevention in older adults
- Pacific Lutheran University to increase participation in S.A.I.L. exercise classes
- Safe Kids Thurston County to build and install life jacket loaner boards in Thurston County
- Youth Suicide Prevention Program for youth suicide prevention awareness, intervention and prevention training in North Pacific and Lewis Counties
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 Washington 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
Never Leave a Child Unattended in a Vehicle
- It only takes 10 minutes for a car to reach deadly temperatures on a warm day. Learn how to keep children safe.
- Know the risks and consequences of leaving kids alone in the car.
- 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.
Window Falls Prevention for Children
Warmer weather brings open windows. Unfortunately, open windows can pose a risk to young children.
- 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. Some tips to consider when preparing your escape plan.
- 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 a flexible set of materials, developed for professionals working with grades K-12 to help identify and respond to concussions in an array of school settings.
- 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 by applying knowledge gained from cutting edge research into our clinical care of patients with TBI.
- Additional resources are available 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.
- East Pierce Fire and Rescue provides a wealth of 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 has been 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 are so common we often accept them as just a part of life. But injuries are not accidents. Injuries can be prevented and their consequences can be reduced. We know prevention works. Injury and Violence Preventon fact sheet.
- Every day in WA State, many people of all ages take action to reduce their risk of dying or being disabled. We often do not hear about the saves or success stories of our prevention efforts. These injury prevention success stories are an inspiration to continue the work of injury prevention.
- Child Injuries are preventable. In an effort to raise parents' awareness of the leading causes of childhood injuries and how they can be prevented, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has launched the Protect the Ones You Love initiative.
- The WA State Dept of Health has resources and information and injury data tables for injury and violence prevention.