One of the most common calls for service Redwood Meadows Emergency Services receives is for traumatic injuries.
Traumatic injury is damage to the body caused by external force. This may be caused by accidents, falls, hits, weapons, and other causes.
One of the most preventable of these, traumatic head injuries are a result of a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury.
General prevention tips
- Buy and use helmets or protective head gear approved for specific sports. In addition to other safety apparel or gear, helmets or head gear should be worn at all times for: Softball, Cycling, Football, Hockey, Horseback riding, Skateboards/Scooters, Skiing and Wrestling.
- Supervise younger children at all times, and don’t let them use sporting equipment or play sports unsuitable for their age.
- Follow rules and warning signs at water parks and swimming pools.
- Wear appropriate clothing for the sport.
- Don’t wear clothing that can interfere with your vision.
- Don’t participate in sports when you’re ill, tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Obey all traffic signals and be aware of drivers when cycling or skateboarding.
- Avoid uneven or unpaved surfaces when cycling, skateboarding, or in-line skating.
- Replace sporting equipment or protective gear that is damaged.
Preventing other head injuries
- Wear a seatbelt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle.
- Never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or ride as a passenger with anybody else who is under the influence.
- Keep firearms unloaded in a locked cabinet or safe, and store ammunition in a separate, secure location.
- Remove hazards in the home that may contribute to falls. Secure rugs and loose electrical cords, put away toys, use safety gates, and install window guards. Install grab bars and handrails if you are frail or elderly.
Until next month, stay safe!