Trauma Prevention – firearms, MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS, SEXUAL ASSAULT, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, CHILD ABUSE, workplace and school VIOLENCE, animal bites, and major falls account for the majority of traumatic injuries. As is the case with other kinds of ACCIDENTAL INJURIES, most traumatic injuries are preventable. Traumatic injuries have a high likelihood of death within the first several hours after the events responsible for them, and require emergency medical treatment. Traumatic injuries also account for a significant percentage of longterm recovery and permanent disability due to injury. Prevention efforts focus on increasing public awareness and reducing exposure to risks.
Key Measures for Preventing Trauma
- Use trigger locks and gun safes to store guns, and separate guns from ammunition.
- Take firearms safety classes before hunting or target shooting, and always handle a gun as though it were loaded.
- Wear seat belts at all times when traveling in a motor vehicle and helmets when riding on a motorcycle, whether the driver or a passenger.
- Wear or use appropriate safety gear when using power tools and performing home repairs, and for recreational activities such as rock climbing.
- Stabilize ladders and do not step higher than recommended onto a stepladder or ladder.
- Keep dgs leashed or fenced, and do not approach wild animals.
- Seek professional help for anger management and DOMESTIC VIOLENCE issues
See also ANGER AND ANGER MANAGEMENT; BLUNT TRAUMA; GUNSHOT WOUNDS; MULTIPLE TRAUMA; OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY.