National Safety Month

Did you know that June is National Safety Month? If you were not previously aware, you might be thinking, “What is National Safety Month?” National Safety Month is a time to focus energy on taking steps to reducing the chance of injuries. Injuries can lead to disabilities, so National Safety Month can be a great way of increasing your safety throughout the year.

According to HealthFinder.gov, injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44.
This June, learn more about important safety issues to keep your home and family safe:

  • Prescription painkiller 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 back in 1999.
  • Transportation safety: Doing other activities while driving – like texting or eating – distracts you and increases your chance of crashing. Almost one in five crashes (17%) that injured someone involved distracted driving.
  • Slips, trips, and falls: One in three older adults falls each year. Many falls lead to broken bones and other health problems.
  • First aid and emergency preparedness: Do you have a first aid/survival kit? If so, when was the last time the contents were checked/replenished. This June, take some time to make sure your emergency kit is emergency-ready.

Source: https://healthfinder.gov/nho/JuneToolkit2.aspx