National Safety Month
It’s time to repair broken steps, clean out the medicine cabinet, and install lighting in dim hallways – June is National Safety Month.
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. Just being more aware of common injuries and their causes may help you or a loved one side step a problem. Together we can raise awareness to reduce risk of injuries.
Safety is a little word with a pretty big meaning. Making sure you and your loved ones are safe can refer to many different things. This June, we encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, and slips, trips, and falls.
Pain medications: Pain medications are safe and effective when used as directed. However, misuse and abuse of these products can be extremely dangerous. Pain medications, both over-the-counter and prescriptions can react to other medications, health supplements, food or alcohol, which can lead to unwanted and dangerous side effects.
Play it safe with your medications:
- Follow your health care professional’s instructions carefully. Do not change the dose of your pain relief medication without talking to them first.
- Store your pain medications in a secure place and keep track of them.
- Don’t share your medications under any circumstances, only a healthcare professional can decide if a prescription pain medication is safe for someone.
- Properly dispose of old or unused medicines. Some pharmacies and townships offer medication disposal, for more information visit, www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm101653.htm.
Transportation safety: Doing other activities while driving — like texting or eating — distracts you and increases your chance of crashing. Almost 1 in 5 crashes that injured someone involved distracted driving.
With so many distractions today, it seems almost impossible to take a ten minute drive without receiving a phone call, changing the radio station, or trying to eat the sandwich that you skipped during your lunch break today. While driving, be aware of your surroundings and keep your focus on the road. Avoid answering the phone until you’ve reached your destination.
Slips, trips, and falls: One in 3 older adults falls each year. Many falls lead to broken bones and other health problems.
Small changes can make a big difference to your health and wellness; keep walkways clean and clear of clutter. Be certain to use handrails on stairways, including porches. Wear appropriate and sensible footwear. Never stand on objects, chairs or tables to reach a work area.
Please take precautions and make necessary adjustments to avoid unintentional-injury. Take the information you’ve read today and pass it on to your friends, family, and co-workers.