Injury prevention workshop offered

Posted Sept. 07, 2010, at 8:58 p.m.

The Maine Injury Prevention Program will be host to “Injury Prevention for All Ages: Choosing the Right Tools to Build Your Safety Program,” a free statewide educational conference from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Morgan Hill Event Center in Hermon. The program is designed to help professionals who work with children and teens, as well as parents and caregivers, to learn how to keep people of all ages safe and free of harm.

The statewide conference will feature a keynote address by Angela Mickalide of the national nonprofit Home Safety Council. Nine conference tracks are planned, including sessions on older drivers, home visiting, preventing falls among older adults, inhalant abuse, teen drivers, fire safety, prescription medication safety, com-munity and law enforcement partnerships, and brain injury prevention and resources.

A number of exhibitors addressing injury and safety issues will be part of the daylong event.

Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death among Mainers ages 1 to 44 and the fifth-leading cause of death among all ages, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

There is no registration fee for this event, but preregistration is required. Certificates of attendance will be provided to attendees. For more information or to register, call Katharyn Zwicker at the Maine Injury Prevention Program, 287-5359.

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