Awareness: Be aware. Be safe.
UHS would like to remind you to be safe and be aware of
safety hazards in your home, workplace and car. Car crashes,
suffocation, drowning, poisoning, fires and falls are the most
common causes of injury. UHS offers the In Balance Fall
Prevention Program to support independence and to reduce the
risk of falling and fall-related injuries by teaching how to
maintain healthy balance as you age.
The leading causes of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are:
- Falls (35.2%)
- Motor vehicle – traffic (17.3%)
- Struck by objects (16.5%)
- Assaults (10%)
Children and adults 65+ have a higher risk of injury.
- Suffocation and poisoning death rates are on the rise.
- 1 in 5 children die due to an injury.
- Every 4 seconds, a child is treated in the ER for an
- 1 in 3 adults, age 65 and older fall and
- Falls are the leading cause of injury death, i.e. head
traumas and broken bones.
- Decreased activity rate leads to reduced mobility & loss
of physical fitness which increases falling risk.
- Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death ages 5-34
in the United States.
- Alcohol impaired drivers cause 1 in 3 crashes, resulting
- Seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives
and reduce injuries.
- Avoid texting and talking on the phone while driving.
- Seat belts have saved an estimated 255,000 lives between
1975 and 2008.
- School-based programs to prevent violence have cut
violent behavior among high school students by 29%.
- Sobriety checkpoints have been shown to cut
alcohol-related crashes and deaths by about 20%.
- Tai chi and other exercise programs for older adults
have been shown to reduce falls by as much as half among
For more information visit www.uhs.net.