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Click here for information about the Alaska Injury Prevention Programs, their services, publications or data.

Stay Safe

Unintentional injuries are a leading cause of death and hospitalization among all Alaskans. It can happen to anyone at anytime — at home, at work and at play. Fortunately, many injuries are preventable.

Do you know how Alaskans are getting hurt? Here are some of the top reasons Alaskans are hospitalized for injuries. Click on the links to learn more on how to prevent them.

  1. Falls— Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma.
  2. Suicide —No matter what problems you are dealing with, there is help. For suicide help in Alaska click here.
  3. Motor Vehicles— Motor vehicle crashes are among the leading causes of death in the United States.
  4. Assault — We can work together to prevent domestic violence and assaults, including sexual assaults.
  5. ATV — Did you know there are safety training courses near you?
  6. Snow Machine — Learn how to reduce your risk of getting caught in an avalanche.
  7. Bicycle — Head injuries pose a great risk to bicyclists. Wear a helmet.
  8. Nighttime Safety—To avoid being unintentionally struck, make sure others can see you when you are outside in the dark.
  9. Sports — Sports injuries. The Realities.
  10. Poisoning — Prescribed medication should be taken only as directed by your health care provider. Dispose of any unused and expired medication properly.

Alaska Safety Resources

Alaska has unique programs to help prevent these unintentional injuries. Learn more about them here.

Kids Don’t Float — More than 600 locations across Alaska have loaner boards where children can borrow Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) and stay safe near water.

Alaska Reflector Program — Learn more about how wearing reflective tape can help you be seen from hundreds of feet away.

Poison Center Hotline— Do you worry someone you love may have swallowed something harmful? Call the Poison Center Hotline at 800-222-1222.

Alaska Workout to Go — Stay fit, stay healthy, stay independent. Learn more about a simple exercise routine that you can do here.

Older Alaskan Driver Safety — Learn what is necessary to help you stay on the road as a safe driver.