Organising to avoid accidents

Many national organizations cooperate in safety promotion and accident prevention efforts

Organising for safety

Consistent and organized safety efforts have over the years reduced the toll of accidents that might otherwise have been rung up. The water safety program of the New Zealand Red Cross is an example. Reduction in Guy Fawkes fireworks accidents as a result of legal restrictions on the sale of fireworks is another example. Public safety departments, including police on traffic duty and fire inspectors, are constantly at work to reduce accident and fire hazards.

Many national organizations cooperate in safety promotion and accident prevention efforts; among them may be listed the National Safety Council, the New Zealand Automobile Association, the New Zealand Red Cross, the National Board of Fire Underwriters, the National Committee for Traffic Safety, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Safety Division. They emphasize in varying degrees what safety workers call the "three E's" essential to the public safety: Engineering, Enforcement, and Education. But in the final analysis it is up to the individual who wants to beat the law of averages concerning the occurrence of accidents to educate himself to be above average in alertness, safety mindedness, and self-possessed maturity.

Emergency Medical Identification

One positive step that the safety-minded individual can now take, if he requires it, is to provide himself with adequate emergency medical identification. Probably 40 million people in the United States have physical conditions or disabilities serious enough to warrant wearing or carrying emergency medical identification.

Emergency medical identification is provided by medallions, bracelets, lockets, purse and wallet cards, and other signal devices warning of physical conditions, such as diabetes or penicillin sensitivity, afflicting the particular individual. Then, if he is ever found unconscious, the police officer or attending physician will immediately know what to do or often, very importantly, what not to do for him. Epileptics and diabetics are sometimes mistaken for drunks; the emergency identification device immediately sets the record straight.

Who needs emergency medical identification? Essentially people with "hidden" medical problems who might fail, without it, to receive proper first-aid and emergency treatment. Your physician is the one to determine finally whether you should wear or carry emergency medical identification.