Injury and Illness Prevention

Be safe and keep healthy with the following tips.

Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. However, they are not safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year. Download the Fireworks Safety tips sheet to learn more.

Seasonal Influenza (Flu)

Flu is now widespread in Maine and across the United States. The Maine CDC is asking people to take the following precautions:

  • Get vaccinated - it is not to late!
  • Wash your hands
  • Stay home if you're sick
  • Cover your cough with a sleeve or a tissue

For more information about influenza visit the following websites:

Winter Safety

Winter is upon us once again.  It is time to get out the winter sports equipment.  Snowmobiles, skis, snowboards, sleds, and ice skates are all in season.  Unfortunately, helmets are not always thought of for all of the winter sports.  Please encourage everyone to wear their helmets this year to prevent devastating head injuries.  Winter always presents many safety hazards, both indoors and out.  Being prepared and by following simple safety tips will keep you warm and healthy this winter!
  • Keeping your home safe and warm:  Test your smoke alarm monthly
    And change the batteries when you change your clocks.  Have your heating system inspected and tuned up yearly.  Keep portable space heaters 3 feet from bedding, furniture, and clothing.  Have your chimney inspected each year.

  • Surviving a winter storm:  Be prepared!  Keep extra blankets, flashlights, extra  batteries, matches, first aid kit, few days supply of water, required medications, and food that does not require refrigeration and any special needs items on hand. 

  • Walking in icy, snowy weather: Do light warm-up activities before shoveling and take frequent breaks.  Dress in layers and wear boots with non-skid soles.  Dress in bright colors to stay visible so drivers can see you. 

  • Driving safely in winter weather:  Have your car tuned up, check the level of antifreeze, make sure the battery is good, and check the tread on your tires or have snow tires put on your vehicle.  Keep emergency gear in your vehicle (flashlight, jumper cables, sand for traction, ice scraper, and extra blankets).  Drive slowly in bad weather.
    Excerpt from National Center for Injury Prevention & Control publication: Winter Safety

Injuries Among Older Adults

Injury and violence are a serious threat to the health and well-being of Americans ages 65 and older.  Older adults are at higher risk for many types of injuries that can lead to death or disability. Through research and a wide range of activities, CDC's Injury Center is working to protect older Americans from the threat of injury. Below is a directory of links to more information about the types of injury and violence that pose the greatest threat to older adults in the United States.
http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/olderadults.htm

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States.  Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. Recent data shows that, on average, approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury annually. Please visit the following site to learn more about TBI http://www.cdc.gov/TraumaticBrainInjury/index.html

Preventing Injuries at Home, at Play and on the Way

SafeKids USA is a great resource for injury preventions tips:

Winter Weather

http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is unsafe, and in a split second, its consequences can be devastating. Download the Fact Sheet from the US Department of Transportation to learn more.