National Trauma Awareness Month was initiated by Congress in 1988 in an effort to heighten national attention to trauma, and reduce the occurrence and impact of severe injuries. In 2005, fifty-five lives were lost at Memorial Health System resulting from traumas—primarily caused by falls and motor vehicle crashes. In collaboration with The American Trauma Society (ATS) and its supporting agencies, Memorial’s Trauma Center offers the following advice to ward off slips and spills over the summer. These safety tips correspond with the most common trauma cases treated at Memorial.
- Do not depend on window screens to prevent children from falling!
- Move furniture away from windows; windows opened as little as five inches can be dangerous.
- Consider installing window guards on all windows.
- Ensure children wear a helmet correctly when riding.
- Make sure your child’s bicycle is the proper size and is in good working condition.
- Know where your kids are riding.
- Always wear appropriate, properly fitted gear: helmet, footwear, elbow and knee pads.
- Ride during daylight hours on smooth, paved surfaces free from traffic.
While in a car:
- Be sure all occupants are properly restrained.
- Look for Child Safety Seat Checks sponsored by local agencies to ensure correct installation. (90% of car seats are installed improperly.)
- Wear your seatbelt!
- Focus on driving – Cell phones, stereos, too many occupants, lack of sleep can all create deadly driving mistakes.
Memorial’s Trauma Center is hosting the following community safety events in May:
- May 20
Car Seat Check
Hillside Community Center
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- May 21
“Feats of Fire For Kids” Health and Safety Day
Memorial Park, Fallen Firefighter Memorial
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact 365-6978 for more event information.