Each June, the National Safety Council (NSC) recognizes National Safety Month and encourages organizations and individuals to get involved in education, and influencing behaviors, around the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths. The NSC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Please read the information and ideas below from the NSC to stay safe in and around your home!
…then contact KHS to assess your home’s safety – our Home Modifications division can make your living environment safe!
The goal of National Safety Month is to raise public awareness of safety. June also is an appropriate month to focus our efforts on public safety, as the summer season traditionally is a time of increased unintentional injuries and fatalities.
Most falls are preventable. Many people attribute falls to being clumsy or not paying attention, but many risk factors exist. Risk factors include physical hazards in the environment, age-related issues and health conditions. Addressing the following common hazards can help you prevent slips, trips and falls:
• Keep floors and stairs clean and clear of clutter
• Maintain good lighting both indoors and on outdoor walkways
• Secure electrical and phone cords out of traffic areas
• Use non-skid throw rugs in potentially slippery places, like bathrooms
• Install handrails on stairways, including porches
• Clean up all spills immediately
• Arrange furniture to provide open pathways to walk through
• Periodically, check the condition of outdoor walkways and steps and repair as necessary
• Remove fallen leaves or snow from outdoor walkways
• Be aware that alcohol or other drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medicine, can affect your balance and increase risk of falling
Older adult falls
Older adults are more prone to become the victim of falls and the resulting injuries can diminish the ability to lead active, independent lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following tips can greatly help older adults prevent falls, but are beneficial to those of all ages:
• Stay active: Chances of falling can be reduced by improving strength and balance.
• Fall-proof your home: This includes taking advantage of the tips above and removing all tripping hazards.
• Review your medications: Have your doctor or pharmacist review all the medications you take both prescription and over-the-counter. Some medications or combination of medicines can make you drowsy or light-headed, which can potentially lead to a fall.
• Check your vision: It’s best to have your vision checked at least once a year to make sure you have the best prescription for your glasses. Poor vision greatly increases your risk of falling.
Even though they are a commonly trafficked area of the house, bathrooms can be an especially dangerous place. Nearly 200,000 people are injured annually in the bathroom, where water and hard surfaces can make a potentially lethal combination. Fortunately, Bath Safety is a priority at KHS. We suggest making your bathroom safe and accessible by installing grab bars and using any or all of the following simple solutions: elevated toilet seats, toilet safety frames, stand bars, bath lifts, shower benches and rubber bath mats. We can help!
Additional solutions to consider include walk-in tubs, barrier-free showers, free-standing modular shower bays, accessible sinks and, in the event of a severe fall, a personal medical alarm to wear around your neck. For these and other solutions, we can help!
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For additional NSC National Safety Month Information visit: http://www.nsc.org/nsc_events/Nat_Safe_Month/Pages/home.aspx?VanUrl=nsm