The month of June is National Safety Month. When we think safety, we think about ways to prevent accidents and injuries from occurring. Mishaps can occur at home, at work, while driving, regarding the weather, or even while having fun. Accidents are actually the number one cause of death for people ages 1-42 and the fifth leading cause of death for all age groups.
There are may ways to prevent accidents, if you just know how. Knowledge is power. You can find a wealth of resources and safety check lists at The National Safety Council’s website. They also have a Safety Calendar set up for the whole year with helpful information that’s relevant for every season, as well as activities through out the year.
The number one cause of accident related injuries and death in the home is due to falls. According to statistics from the CDC’s website, one out of five falls causes serious injury such as a broken bone or head trauma. One third of all injury related deaths, a staggering 25,000 lives a year, are due to falls. Falls are also the leading cause of death for seniors age 65 and older.
The good news is that there are many ways to prevent falls from occurring. The number one way to do this is by installing grab bars in the house, especially in the bathroom. Showers, in particular, are a good place for grab bars because they are slippery when wet and you fall onto a hard surface. ACG Medical Supply cares a wide variety of grab bars. Plus, they are on sale in recognition of National Safety Month! We can even recommend a contractor if you need to have them installed.
ACG Medical Supply wants you to always stay safe, so we have compiled a list of websites where you can find more safety information and safety checklists.
- National Safety Council’s National Safety Month
- Real Simple’s Home Safety Checklist
- A Place for Mom’s Home Safety Tips for Seniors
- AARP’s Home Safety Caregiving Checklist
- Senior Resources Checklist to Avoid Senior Falls
- Homeminders Preventing the Top 5 Most Fatal Home Accidents
- Stop Falls is a website dedicates to Fall Prevention
- Safe Kids Worldwide is dedicated to child safety.