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MetroHealth Police Warn - Heads Up, Be Safe

​CLEVELAND - Our smartphones have become our lifeline to family, friends, work and the outside world. But that habit poses serious problems.

According to an article in Digital Trends, the average American spends 4.7 hours of their day on their smartphone. Some of that time we are walking or even driving, which is distracting and dangerous.

To promote a safer work experience, MetroHealth’s Department of Public Safety has launched a Heads Up campaign to encourage employees to put their phones down when they are walking, and be more alert of their surroundings.

They have proof from security footage that shows how important this is from a personal safety perspective. Take a close look at the video above to see just how important it was for one of our employees who avoided a potential carjacking by keeping her head up.

The challenge is on. When walking to and from our parking lots, the bus stop or however you get to work, put your phone down and your head up. While at MetroHealth, focus on our patients and each other when you are walking.What’s on your phone can wait. Heads Up! 

About the MetroHealth System

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through four hospitals, four emergency departments, and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites. Each day, our 8,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable health care–through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services–that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit