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National Safety Month

June 01, 2018

June is National Safety Month

 

Safety is an everyday activity

 

National safety month is in June and is used to teach about important safety issues such as prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, ergonomics, emergency preparedness, slips, trips, and falls. As a comuntity we can learn about these issues and become safer human beings.

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. The good news is everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries. This June, we encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, and slips, trips, and falls.

 

•Prescription painkiller abuse: Prescription painkiller overdoses are a growingproblem in the United States, especially among women. About 18 women dieevery day from a prescription painkiller overdose – more than 4 times as manyas back in 1999.

 

•Transportation safety: Doing other activities while driving – like texting or eating–distracts you and increases your chance of crashing. Almost 1 in 5 crashes(17%) that injured someone involved distracted driving.

 

•Slips, trips, and falls: One in 3 older adults falls each year. Many falls lead tobroken bones and other health problems.

 

 

How to help Seniors

 

To help protect your seniors at home, follow these simple safeguards:

  • Set the water heater thermostat at 120° F or lower to prevent accidental scalding.
  • Ensure handrails are sturdy and securely fastened.
  • Update the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Keep a lamp or flashlight and telephone within reach of the bed.
  • Add extra lighting where needed throughout the home.
  • Secure all electrical cords out of foot traffic.
  • Make sure all entrance doors are secured with deadbolt locks.
  • Remove any loose rugs or carpeting without a nonslip backing.

 

Here are some general tips to prevent injury from contact with objects

 

  • Neatly store lose items

 

  • Secure items that are stored at a height

 

  • Store heavy items close to the floor

 

  • Open one filling cabinet drawer at a time to prevent tip-over

 

  • Wear the proper personal protective equipment for your environment, such as steel-toed shoes

 

  • Always walk behind moving equipment, if possible

 

  • Never obstruct your vison by overloading moving equipment

 

  • Only operate equipment that you are properly trained to use

 

  • Make sure all the safety devices on your equipment are in good working order before use

 

  • Use extra caution around corners near doorways

 

 

For more information contact the Manalapan Township Health Department:

Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location:
Manalapan Town Hall
120 Route 522 & Taylors Mills Road, Manalapan, NJ  07726

Phone: (732) 446-8345
Fax: (732) 446-1576

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