Tips to Avoid Injury During National Safety Month!Monday, June 3rd, 2013, 5:55 pm
Did you know that June is National Safety Month? Sponsored by the National Safety Council, this 30-day effort aims to promote safety and injury prevention in both the home and the workplace. So, just how serious can an injury be? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages, and the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44." An issue everyone needs to be thinking about -- young and old -- let's take a brief look at how you can stay protected this summer ...
Borrowing from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, here is our list of the Top Tips for Injury Prevention:
- "Take steps to prevent falls." Affecting about one third of older adults each year, a fall can not only be painful, but often debilitating as well. Be sure to wear stable, non-slip shoes and always ensure your home and workplace are adequately lit.
- Safeguard household chemicals. Be sure to keep all medications and household chemicals well-labeled and out of reach of children. Furthermore, "Write down the poison control number (1-800-222-1222) and keep it in a safe place," suggests the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Stay protected at work. You don't have to work on a construction site to be injured on the job. In fact, as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services points out, "You can hurt yourself when you do the same activity over and over again, like typing or working on an assembly line." Be sure to take frequent breaks and watch for any signs of discomfort or pain.
- "First aid is part of planning for an emergency." Of course, despite our best efforts, injuries are sometimes inevitable. In these cases, knowing first aid can often make a world of difference. Consider taking a preparedness course in first aid, such as those offered by the American Red Cross.
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Category: Injury Prevention