Injury Prevention & Public Education
The most important person to protect your life and property is not the firefighter or the police officer or the teacher or the coach, it is you. Through advance planning and preparation, you and your family can become better prepared for emergencies of all kinds.
When people talk of mishaps, they usually refer to it as an accident. But was it really? An accident is an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss. But, what could you and your family have done to prevent or minimize those "accidents"?
Use protective equipment (helmets, knee and elbow pads), learn the rules of the road for bicycles, and improve visibility (reflective devices, headlamps). View details regarding free bicycle helmets.
Install smoke alarms, conduct family fire planning (E.D.I.T.H.), install fire extinguishers and residential fire sprinklers, avoid fire hazards (candles, cooking, heating), prepare for wildfires.
Learn more on the National Fire Prevention Association website.
Use caution around fireworks, practice summer safety, make it a safe Halloween, and enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas safely (winter holidays).
- Avoid distractions (cell phones, texting while driving)
- Avoid impaired driving (alcoholic and substance use)
- Use protective equipment (child passenger seats, seat belts)
Learn more about free child passenger seat classes and reduced costs for a child seat or booster seat.
Practice water safety while swimming and boating.
Prepare for hurricanes, be alert for danger from lightning, thunderstorms, and flooding.