Injury and Violence Prevention

The Wisconsin Injury Prevention and Control Statute (255.20) directs the Department of Health Services to maintain an Injury Prevention Program that includes data collection, surveillance, education, and the promotion of intervention; provides local agencies with technical assistance for effective program development and evaluation; and collaborates with other state agencies to reduce intentional and unintentional injuries.
Burns are injuries caused from exposure to fire, heat, or a heat-producing agent. The majority of burn injuries occur in the home, where prevention steps can be taken.
Falls are a significant cause of injury in all ages of the U.S. population, but a particular burden in those ages 65 years and older. One third of people over the age of 65 years fall every year.
Fireworks, while fun to watch, can be very dangerous if used incorrectly. Each year, there are many serious injuries such as burns, vision and hearing loss, and even deaths that could have been prevented by proper and safe use of fireworks.
During all Halloween events, it is important to put safety first. Halloween is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and following some basic safety tips can help everyone enjoy a fun Halloween.
Sexual violence is a major public health issue that affects everyone, directly or indirectly, and results in long-term social and economic costs.
It's important to put safety first when buying toys and take time to choose the safe toys and gifts.
Last Revised: June 8, 2015