June is recognized as National Safety Month, with a focus on reducing the risk of injuries and unintentional deaths across the United States. In 2017, it was estimated around 75% of all preventable injuries and injury-related deaths occurred in homes and communities, according to the National Safety Council. Here are the National Safety Council's top 5 causes of unintentional death and injuries in homes and communities, and how to avoid them:
Did you know, more than 90% of poisoning occur at home? This includes ingestion of chemicals and drugs, as well as exposure to substances such as carbon monoxide, lead, or radon gas. Keep all prescriptions and household chemicals in a safe, locked location. Be sure to have carbon monoxide detectors near each sleeping area of your home, and purchase lead and radon test kits at your local hardware store.
2. Motor Vehicle Accidents
The second-leading cause of serious injury or death can happen in an instant during a car crash. Distracted driving, driving while impaired, inexperience, and speeding are the most common causes of vehicular accidents. Put your phone down while driving, follow the speed limit.
Falling accounts for roughly one-third of all reported non-fatal injuries in the United States. Falls can occur at any age; however, it is the number one cause of death of adults 65 and older. Avoid tripping and slipping hazards in your home by keeping floors clear of clutter, installing grab bars in your shower, and keeping essential items in easy to reach locations.
Thousands of American die every year due to choking. Choking on food is responsible for the most choking incidents, especially for the elderly. Young children are also at a higher risk of choking, keep small objects out of reach and supervise them while eating. It is also recommended to learn how to look for signs someone may be choking and know how to perform the Heimlich maneuver and CPR.
Drowning is the leading cause of death in children from the ages 1-4 and is the 5th leading cause of unintentional death and injury in Americans of all ages. It is estimated, 74% of drowning incidents of children and young adults occur in residential areas. Children should always be supervised in and around the pool. Click here for some additional tips on water safety.
We hope you consider these tips not just for National Safety Month, but throughout the year to keep you and your family safe. For more information on National Safety Month, click here.
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