June is National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month - How to Help Keep Your Community Safe in Their Homes

Each June we observe National Safety Month to help educate and encourage safe behaviors to help reduce preventable injuries and deaths. Over 145,000 people die from unintentional injury-related deaths each year. While these accidents are usually unexpected, most are preventable. Being aware of the most common accidents can help you prepare and prevent accidents from happening. 
The Top Causes for Injuries and Deaths at Home Are: 

1. Poisoning: Poisoning is now the leading cause of accidental injury and death at home, overtaking car accidents for the first time in recent years. Poisonings were most often caused by gases, like carbon monoxide, or chemicals, like household cleaners. Families should have carbon monoxide detectors installed on each level of their home to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, parents should child proof their home to keep chemicals, batteries and cleaners out of reach and secure. However, prescription drug overdose is now the #1 cause for poisoning injury and death. Learning how to properly store, manage, and dispose of prescription medications is key to keeping your family and yourself safe from accidental overdose. 
2. Car Accidents: No one expects to be in a car crash, but they are the second cause of unintentional-injury-related death. Being impaired or distracted while driving is dangerous to everyone on the road. Get home safely by always remembering to buckle your safety belt, never drive after drinking or consuming drugs and to never text or use your phone while driving. 
3. Falls - Falls can happen to anyone at anytime and in any age group. Seniors, however, are more likely to get seriously injured or die due to falls. You can help protect yourself and your loved ones simply by “fall-proofing” your home. Remove clutter, small furniture, electrical cords and throw rugs that may cause trips. Wipe up spills immediately and make sure walking areas are well lit and wide enough for easy walking. Install non skid grips in showers, bath tubs and on stairs, to help minimize slips and falls. Adding railings to stair cases and grab bars in the shower or bathroom area can also help to insure falls don’t happen in and around your home. If necessary consider equipment like canes and walkers to help seniors move around without the fear of falling. 

4. Choking or Suffocation - Choking is the fourth leading cause of accidental death across all age groups. Suffocation usually affects adults over the age of 87 and infants. Learning to recognize the signs of choking - someone clutching their throat, coughing, gagging, wheezing or passed out - and knowing what to do to help, can save a person’s life. The Heimlich Maneuver is a series of abdominal thrusts that can dislodge food and save a choking victim, learn the steps and learn how to perform it properly to prepare yourself and your family for a choking situation. If you cannot dislodge the object you may need to perform CPR. 

 5. Drowning - Around 10 people drown every day. It is the number one cause of death for children ages 1-4. Most accidents involve swimming pools and being left alone in bath tubs. Practicing water safety, learning how to spot the signs of drowning and knowing CPR can help keep you prepared and safe around water. 

6. Fire and Burns - Fires often happen at night while your family is sleeping. Having a working smoke alarm, and a fire escape plan can help you and your family prepare for fire. You should test your smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries twice a year. 

7. Natural Disasters - Being prepared for natural disasters can help in the event of a quick evacuation. Know the difference between watches and warnings and have an emergency weather plan for your family. Always have an emergency kit on hand. 

During National Safety Month being able to educate and prepare your community for all types of emergency situations can help save a life. Our products will help you engage all age groups to keep your community up to date with safety rules and prepare them in the event of an emergency. 

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