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Greeley, CO 80631
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Public Safety Education - Injury Prevention

Presented as part of the Greeley Fire Department Public Education and Awareness series.
 
Injury Prevention

About 70% of the calls that the Greeley Fire Department responds to are for medical assistance.

Many of these medical assistance calls are for injuries resulting from falls, traffic accidents, swimming, sports, and weapons. All of these injuries can be prevented.

It only takes a few steps to ensure safety for you and your family. Get training on CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, and have a first aid kit with plenty of supplies and know how to use it. Knowing how to treat injuries early can help prevent serious complications. Here are a few tips on how to prevent injuries.

 
Injury Prevention Safety Tips:


Cars and Traffic
  • Young children should always ride in approved child car seats.
  • Always use a seat belt.
  • Do not do anything to escalate tempers in road-rage incidents.
  • Do not use cellular phones while driving; pull over to the side of the road.
  • Always drive defensively. Consider taking a course on defensive driving.
  • Never drink and drive. Always have a designated driver or take a cab or bus.
  • Pedestrians should always be aware of the traffic around them.
     

Sports and other Outside Activities

  • Always use helmets and other protective equipment while riding bikes, roller blades, or skateboards.
  • Keep bikes in good repair.
  • Teach bike riders hand signals and other rules of traffic.
  • Supervise children at the playground; take turns on playground equipment.
  • Make sure playgrounds have plenty of cushioning like pea gravel or wood chips.
  • Supervise indoor play and restrict it to child-safe areas.
  • Teach children to swim and supervise them in the water.
  • Never dive into shallow water.
  • Always wear an approved flotation device when riding on a boat.
  • Parents should always supervise children's outdoor activities and know where their children are.

In the Home

  • Keep walkways free of clutter and debris, especially stairways.
  • Make sure that there are good strong handrails on stairways.
  • Make sure overhead storage is well organized and secure.
  • Clear snow off of outdoor walkways and pour salt on icy spots.
  • Keep household cleaners, medicines, and other poisons out of reach of small children.
  • Use night lights to light pathways at night.
  • Don't store heavy objects overhead.
  • Never stand on chairs to reach high objects, use a ladder or step stool.
  • Keep firearms and ammunition locked up separately.
  • Learn about proper firearm handling and teach family members firearm safety.
     
 

for more information please contact:


Title:
Division Chief 
Contact:
Dale Lyman
Phone:
(970)350-9510