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Safety in our Lives

“Behave yourself: Do the things you know are right.”

– Unangax (Aleut) Value

“Safety first!” Did you know that unintentional injuries are the third leading cause of death for all Alaska Native people (only after cancer and heart disease). There are many ways to decrease your risk of injury while still having fun while hunting, fishing, boating, riding ATVs or snow-machines, and participating in all the activities we do around Alaska. Read on for tips and ideas on how you and your community can live safely.

Nearly all unintentional injuries are preventable! That’s great because we can take steps to protect ourselves and others. Here are just a few ideas:

  • 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 make smart choices
  • Limit substance use or choose not to use substances at all – substances can increase risk for dangerous behaviors

Information on this page was compiled with resources from the ANTHC Injury Prevention Program,

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