Injuries, both accidental and intentional, may occur as a result of an environmental exposure or during a particular activity. Injury prevention focuses on educating the public about risk reduction. The areas in which our health educators concentrate their efforts include: lead and carbon monoxide poisoning prevention, drowning and fall prevention, driving and pedestrian safety, and substance abuse prevention. Numerous issues present particular dangers and risks to infants and children, such as choking, lead and general household poisoning, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), drowning, prevention shaken baby syndrome and child abuse.

Please browse the menu on the left to learn more about Injury Control and Prevention services offered by our department. 

If you have any questions, please call (845) 808-1390.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

CarbonMonoxide3Carbon monoxide presents a silent environmental danger in homes. Poisonings rise during cold winter months and during power outages due to the improper use of generators. Our health education staff prepares displays illuminating the dangers of carbon monoxide in the home and promoting safer practices as well as carbon monoxide detector usage.

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If you have any questions, please call (845) 808-1390.

Drowning Prevention

drowning 3Open-water swimming takes place in outdoor bodies of water where conditions can constantly change. This presents unique and often hidden dangers for swimmers and bathers. Young children are at particular risk in all types of water, including pools, bathtubs and even water-filled buckets.

Key tips for open-water swimming:

  • Know the water. Don’t venture into open water (lakes, rivers, ocean, etc.) without knowing the possible dangers linked to the site’s water and weather conditions.
  • Know your limits. Drowning often happens when a person swims and gets too tired. Learn to swim, float and tread water, but don’t overestimate your abilities.
  • Select sites with lifeguards and always swim with a buddy
  • Never leave children unattended while swimming, and avoid all distractions, such as talking on the phone or reading.

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Fall-Related Injuries

fall prevention

The elderly represent a significant target population for fall prevention programs. Our staff manages a fall prevention program and works with contracted physical therapists to provide strength-building exercise classes to senior citizens at four local Office for Senior Resources (OSR) sites.

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If you have any questions, please call (845) 808-1390.

Infant, Child and Teen Safety

Drowning prevention, general poisoning prevention, driving and motor vehicle safety, summer and sun safety, camp safety, shaken baby syndrome, safe sleeping, toy safety and Internet safety are among the issues addressed in various programs and promotional campaigns by our health department.

The PCDOH assisted the CAC and the Bureau of Emergency Services with the planning of the Seventh Annual Children’s Expo & Public Safety Day. The PCDOH also continued to partner with community organizations to serve Putnam youth populations. Staff served on Cornell Cooperative Extension’s (CCE) Strengthening Youth and Families Advisory Committee, which provides recommendations for planning the annual 4-H Fair, and participated in the annual Putnam County “Hope Forum,” which addressed preventing injuries in teen populations.

If you have any questions, please call (845) 808-1390.