GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) June is National Safety Month, which makes it a great time to make sure there aren’t any home safety hazards you might be overlooking in and around your home.
According to the National Safety Council, unintentional injuries are the fifth leading cause of death. Every four minutes, someone in the U.S. dies from an unintentional injury. That’s 120,000 people a year. Sixty-seven percent of all injury-related deaths in the U.S. are due to unintentional causes. Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages, and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages one to 44. The good news is everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries.
During National Safety Month, E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire Safety is working with community members to help reduce the risk of injuries. This month, we encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like prescription drug abuse, distracted driving, slips, trips, and falls, and poisoning.
- Prescription drug abuse: Prescription painkiller overdoses are a growing problem in the United States, especially among women. About 18 women die every day from a prescription painkiller overdose – more than four times as many as in 1999. In 2010, one in 20 people in the U.S. (age 12 or older) reported using prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons in the past year.
- Distracted driving: Doing other activities while driving, like texting or eating, increases your chance of crashing. Almost one in five crashes (18%) that injured someone involved distracted driving.
- Slips, trips, and falls: One in three older adults 65 and over falls each year. Many falls lead to broken bones and other health problems. Approximately 27,800 people died in 2012 attributed to falls, with seven out of ten of them affecting adults over 74 years of age. To prevent falls and increase mobility, get active. Stay active to feel better, improve your balance, and make your legs stronger. Improve your balance through exercise and prevent falls. Make your legs stronger by doing strengthening activities at least two days a week.
Remember to have quick access to the poison control center number: 1-800-222-1222, since poisoning is in the top three causes of unintentional injuries to Americans. Also learn how to be prepared during an emergency by taking a first aid and CPR course from E.S.C.A.P.E., your local fire department, ambulance provider or hospital.
Stop by one of the Maranda Park Parties this summer, meet Jake The Fire Safety Dog and the E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire Safety team to learn how to keep you and your family safe throughout the year, Where You Live!