Injury Prevention

Injuries are not simply "accidents" – random acts of fate or the result of carelessness – but events to be understood and prevented. Research and experience show that most injuries are completely preventable.
 
Injury, not disease, is the leading killer of our children, teens and young adults. Both intentional and unintentional injuries rank among the top 10 leading causes of death for every age group. In Vermont, injuries are the leading cause of death among persons aged 15 to 44, and the fifth leading cause of death among people of all ages. Each year, more than 400 Vermonters die, and thousands of others are hospitalized due to injury.
 
Whether they are unintentional or the result of intentional or violent acts, most injuries can be prevented with public health interventions. Knowing how to properly restrain a child in a car seat or seat belt, properly store and dispose of medications, or prevent falls in the elderly basic actions that can help prevent many injuries.
 
See how well we are meeting our injury prevention goals though our Healthy Vermonters 2020 Scorecard and Maps & Trends
 
Find out what you can do to prevent injuries today.
 
Hotlines, Resources and Support

Emergencies or immediate danger — Dial or Text 9-1-1

Northern New England Poison Center
800-222-1222

Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
Domestic Violence Hotline – 800-228-7395
Sexual Violence & Rape Hotline – 800-489-7273

Child Abuse
If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call the State of Vermont's toll-free 24-hour Child Protection Line at 800-649-5285
Get more information on reporting child abuse and neglect visit the Department for Children and Families(link is external).

Child Passenger Safety
888-868-7328 (1-888-VMT-SEAT)

Childhood Lead Poisoning
800-439-8550

Adult Protective Services
Dept. of Aging & Independent Living – 800-564-1612

Contact Us

TEL: 802-863-7596

In This Section

Many Vermonters are affected by falls at some point in their life. People who are 65 years and older are increasingly at risk of falling, and therefore potentially injury. As we age, we are more likely to be injured in a fall.

Vermont's lakes, rivers and swimming holes are an important part of our recreational landscape. Whether boating, swimming or just splashing around, here are tips to safely enjoy waterways and pools.

Vermont's Child Passenger Safety Program is designed to draw attention to the importance of child car seats and to help parents understand the 4 Stages of Seat Safety.

We're all road users – as drivers, passengers, bicyclists, pedestrians, or other transport. The Road User Safety program aims to reduce injury and deaths, and make Vermont roads safer for all of us.