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Injury Prevention

Injury is a significant public health problem and leading cause of premature death and disability.  It is the leading cause of death for people ages 1-44. The Injury Prevention and Control Program works to reduce the number of unintentional injuries and deaths in Wasatch County by providing quality programs and services to the public. 

 

 

Injury Prevention and Control

As a Chapter of the Utah Safe Kids Coalition, Wasatch Safe Kids joins efforts to protect children ages 1-14 from unintentional injury. www.safekids.orgTo read a monthly newsletter about things you can do to prevent injuries at home click here.

The Wasatch County Safe Kids Coalition puts on an annual Kid's Health Safety Fair featuring the Mile-by-Mile Marathon. This has been a very popular event for the county, to learn more about the fair click on the following link Kid's Health Safety Fair.

Riding Safely: (Bike Safety, Scooter Safety, Helmets) To promote bicycle helmet use, the Injury Prevention Program conducts Bike Rodeos at Elementary Schools. For winter helmet safety tips and guides click here.

Bicycle helmets are available for purchase at the Wasatch County Health Department.  Wasatch Safe Kids Helmet Promotion program 

 

Seat Belt Use:  Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of unintentional injury in Wasatch County.  The Wasatch County Health Department promotes seatbelts and discourages drinking and driving with a Traffic Safety/Seatbelt Program sponsored by the Utah Highway Safety Office and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

Car Seat Program:  Surveys and checkpoints in Wasatch County show that 95% of car seats in are used incorrectly, and that only 20% of children who need to be seated in a booster seat are actually using a booster seat.  To have your car seat checked for recalls and proper installation at the Health Department please call 435-654-2700.

For more information on how to choose and use the right car seat follow this link to the Parents Central, a site dedicated to safety.

 

ATV Safety:  A child’s risk of being hospitalized from riding an off-highway vehicle is a thousand times greater than riding in a car. Getting your children ATV-certified helps them learn safety practices and can help them avoid accidents. To get your kids certified, you can sign up now at Utah ATV Rider’s Ed Course or go to your local off-highway vehicle retailer.

Click HERE for more information from our partners at Intermountain Healthcare

 

 

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