June is National Safety Month, which focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in homes and communities.
Preventable injuries are the 4th leading cause of death in the United States, right after heart disease, cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease.
See the following top risks by age group:
Under 12 months: Mechanical suffocation (more than 2 preventable deaths occur per day)
- Place infants on their back to sleep.
- Keep blankets and stuffed animals out of blankets and cribs.
Age 1-24: Traffic crashes (Nearly 21 preventable deaths occur per day)
- Buckle up every trip, every time, in size-appropriate restraints. Road safety experts say children 12 and under should always sit in the backseat and away from airbags. Babies should remain rear facing until at least 2 years old, and children should be at least 4’9” and weigh at least 80 lbs. before transitioning out of a booster seat.
- Drive with teens more often once they get their license to gain more experience.
- Don’t use electronic devices—including hands free—while driving.
Age 25-64: Poisoning, largely from prescription pain medicine (More than 92 preventable deaths per day)
-Ask your doctor about alternatives to prescription pain medication.
-If you have to use opioids, take the smallest dose for the shortest time possible.
-Never share prescriptions with friends and family.
Age 65+: Falls (More than 69 preventable deaths per day)
- Use non-skid mats in the bath and shower.
- Install grab bars near the tub, toilet, and stairs.
- Provide adequate lighting in every room and stairway.
- If possible, find a good balance and exercise program to help keep your balance, strength and flexibility.
For more safety tips, check out the National Safety Council at NSC.org.