Moving forward on injury prevention

Safety and the role it plays in our lives depend on many things, including our attitude. All of us need to learn how to protect ourselves—and family members—from the potential injury hazards that can strike at any given time.
We all need to be reminded to be responsible, to think, and to make time for safety.
The federal government has stated that in 1996, there were 3.5 million senior citizens in Canada. In 2021, there will be 6.9 million. There also will be fewer physicians to care for a greater number of patients.
Many of these patients will be a result of preventable and predictable injuries.
In Canada, “SMART RISK” has identified nine ways to move forward on injury prevention. As injuries kill and disable thousands of Canadians every year, few people give much thought to unintentional injuries.
“Injury prevention has a lack of profile in Canada and very limited resources have been directed towards injury prevention to date,” the program notes.
Since 1994, I have been writing safety columns for community newspapers throughout Canada as a public service. Safety educators are always looking for unique and different ways to deliver public safety education.
Periodically, a letter or press release is sent out to the editors of Canadian newspapers during Fire Prevention Week, Christmas, or during the spring and summer.
The media, especially community newspapers, have proven to be one of the many effective ways in delivering the safety message. It is not the only way, and you can never expect one initiative to be the solution.
However, you can read the information again and again in a newspaper! As Times publisher Jim Cumming stated, “Community newspapers can help communities.”
All injuries are predictable—and preventable. All potential resources, ideas, and different ways in delivering public safety education must be looked at.
People, your local citizens in your community, can work together with other agencies as a multidisciplinary team. Perhaps, the solution in helping to make Canada a place where no one suffers a serious injury is right in front of you!
Has your community utilized all of your potential resources?
Remember, if you never need what you learn about personal safety, you have lost nothing. But if you never learn what you need, you may lose everything . . . your family and your life!
Safety—it starts with you!
Tyler J. Moffitt is a first aid instructor, and served 15 years as a volunteer firefighter and emergency responder.

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