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."

West Region Injury Prevention & Public Education Committee

The next West Region Injury Prevention & Public Education Committee meeting will be held May 15, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, at Olympic Ambulance, 1205 Ruddell Rd SE, Lacey, WA. For information contact Lori Clary at the West Region EMS office, 360-705-9019 or

News and Upcoming Events

Big 5 Life Jacket Coupons

The WA State Drowning Prevention Network has partnered with Big 5 Sporting Goods to provide coupons for life jackets. Coupons can be used from April 1 to September 30, 2014. The coupon can be found on the Seattle Children's Drowning Prevention website.

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.
  • 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.

Fire Safety

  • 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.
  • As college and university students prepare for the beginning of the new school year, it is important to keep in mind Campus Fire Safety Tips
  • To learn more visit the US Fire Administration website.

Window Falls Prevention for Children

Warmer weather brings open windows. Unfortunately, open windows can pose a risk to young children.

2012 WA State Injury Data Tables Available

2012 WA State injury data tables are available.

2013-14 Injury Prevention Mini Grants Have Been Awarded

Each year, mini grants are awarded to programs that focus on the leading causes of injury or death in the West Region (Grays Harbor, Lewis, North Pacific, Pierce and Thurston Counties): Falls, Motor Vehicle Crashes, Suicide, Drowning, and Poisoning.

  • Crisis Clinic of Thurston & Mason Counties for youth suicide prevention
  • Lewis County Public Health to provide car seats for low income families
  • Mary Bridge Center for Childhood Safety to provide car seats to low income families upon hospital discharge
  • Montesano Fire Dept to build and install a life jacket loaner board
  • Olympic Area Agency on Aging for the Reducing Falls at Home project in partnership with South Beach EMS
  • Safe Kids Thurston County for open water safety education for elementary school children
  • Trauma Trust to develop a senior fall reduction clinic
  • Youth Suicide Prevention Program to provide suicide awareness and intervention trainings in Grays Harbor County

Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Studies show that kids and young adults with previous concussions take longer to recover
  • "Heads Up to Clinicians: Addressing Concussion in Sports among Kids and Teens" is a free, online course, developed by CDC through support from the CDC Foundation and the National Football League, available to health care professionals. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics, and case studies and provides an overview of what you, as a health care professional, need to know about concussion among young athletes.
  • Learn about Concussion in Sports including prevention, how to recognize a concussion, and many great resources including videos, podcasts and other media.
  • The Brain Injury Association of Washington 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.