Safety in our Lives 

"Behave yourself: Do the things you know are right." Unangax (Aleut)

 

“Safety first!” That phrase can make a world of difference, especially when put into practice. Why? When unintentional and intentional injuries are combined, these injuries are the leading cause of death for all Alaska Native people. That’s twice as often as all American Indian and Alaska Native people. Living safely and making smart choices with the day to day activities to the fun activities we do around Alaska like hunting, fishing, boating, and riding –ATVs and snow machines can keep you and the ones you care about safe and healthy. Read on for tips and ideas on how to make smart choices with whatever activity you may have planned!

Did you know? Injuries happen more with young people and 52% of deaths of Alaska Native children, 1-19 years old were a result of an injuryº.

Nearly all unintentional injuries are preventable! That’s great because everyone can prevent these injuries. How can you prevent them?

Here are just a few things:

  • Wear a helmet when riding a bike, ATV or snow machine

  • Wear a seat belt

  • Make sure your baby or small child is secured properly in a booster seat or car seat

  • Use ice cleats when walking on ice

  • Wear reflective tape on your coat, backpack or helmet

  • Don’t drink and drive

  • Encourage other people you know in your community to do all these things!

 ºInformation on this page was compiled with resources from the ANTHC Injury Prevention Program, http://anthc.org/what-we-do/wellness/injury-prevention/.

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