Injury Prevention

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 older adults are basic actions that can help prevent many injuries.
Hotlines, Resources and Support

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

Northern New England Poison Center

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

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

Childhood Lead Poisoning

Adult Protective Services
Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living – 800-564-1612

Be Seat Smart Child Passenger Safety Program
888-868-7328 (1-888-VMT-SEAT)


Additional Resources

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