May is Trauma Awareness Month

BAY CITY, MICH – May is National Trauma Awareness Month. McLaren Bay Region urges the public to practice safety when enjoying outdoor activities allowed under the Stay Home Executive Order.

“For many, outdoor activities are an important part of maintaining or improving mental health” stated Norman Chapin, MD, Chief Medical Officer at McLaren Bay Region. "Now is a great time to think about what you and your loved ones can to do to help prevent trauma.”

The following tips and guidelines will help our community to stay safe:

Wear a Helmet While Riding

  • Motorcycle
  • Bicycle
  • Skateboard
  • Scooter
  • Rollerblades / Rollerskates
  • ATV
  • Dirt Bike

Water / Boating Safety

  • Never swim alone
  • Swim in a safe area with a lifeguard
  • Don’t enter cold water
  • Wear a life jacket if you can’t swim or while on a boat
  • Don’t swim or boat during a storm
  • Avoid diving into water, jump in feet first
  • Don’t drink alcohol or use recreational drugs when swimming or boating

Sun Safety

  • Remember to Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap. Slip on a shirt, Slop on Sunscreen, Slap on a hat, and Wrap on sunglasses.
  • Stay hydrated drinking water or electrolyte solutions
  • Avoid high sun times between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Check the UV index
  • Seek shade

Vehicle/Driving Safety

  • Wear your seatbelt
  • Don’t drink and drive, or use recreational drugs and drive
  • Children should be in car seats based on their age and weight
  • Never drive while tired
  • Do not text or eat while driving
  • Reduce your speed while driving through a construction zone
  • Pay attention to road signs and markings

Home Safety

  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries
  • Lock your doors to avoid unwanted entry
  • Avoid using a ladder or power tools while home alone
  • Lock your medications and cleaning supplies
  • Remove clutter or items that pose a fall risk
  • Have an emergency plan in the case of a fire
  • Only one person at a time on a trampoline