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Fulton Health Services Reminds Residents that Safety is No Accident | Print |

From April 4 through the 8 during National Public Health Awareness Week, the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness joins the American Public Health Association (APHA) to encourage residents to work together to make the county safer and injury-free through the theme, ‚ÄúSafety is No Accident: Live Injury Free.‚ÄĚ The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness sponsors or participates in community health fairs in the county including sponsoring child-safety seat workshops.


‚ÄúIt only takes a moment for an injury to result from a fall on a stair, a moment‚Äôs glance away from the road, a biking or sports related injury, or a medication mix up,‚ÄĚ states Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services. ¬†‚ÄúThe intent of National Public Health Week is to bring into the public consciousness an opportunity to empower our families, friends, neighbors, and perhaps most importantly, ourselves to live safer lives.‚ÄĚ

Fortunately, most injuries can be prevented. If everyone wore a seatbelt, properly installed and used child safety seats, donned appropriate protective wear and stored cleaning supplies in locked cabinets, we could dramatically reduce the burden of injuries in this county and save lives.

The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, Division of Health Promotion and Safe Kids work toward improving the safety of communities and help kids in Fulton County live safer, injury-free lives. Take a step each day during National Public Health Week (April 4 ‚Äď 8, 2011) to raise awareness of injury and violence prevention.¬† The following activities can help families to create safer environments:

 Monday: Injury Prevention Starts…At Home  -  Learn what precautions you can take to make your home a safer place.

 Tuesday: Injury Prevention Starts…At Work  -  Conduct safety trainings and wear protective equipment to reduce exposures to hazards at work.

 Wednesday: Injury Prevention Starts…At Play  -  Host a sports and recreation-related injury awareness event.

 Thursday: Injury Prevention Starts…On the Move  -  Remain alert while on the move, wear a seat belt and place children in Child Safety seats.

 Friday: Injury Prevention Starts…In Your Community  -  Be mindful of your environment and work improve air quality, reduce pollution and conserve energy

Each April since 1995, communities across the country have celebrated this observance the first week of April by highlighting public health achievements and raising awareness of issues important to improving the public’s health.

For more information about county health fairs and Safe Kids Fulton, please call (404) 730-1243 or visit www.fultoncountygahealth.org. For more information about injury prevention or National Public Health Week, visit www.nphw.org.


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