June is Home Safety Month, and this year the Home Safety Council’s theme is “Hands on Home Safety.” The Home Safety Council (HSC) is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing home injuries. HSC suggests simple hands-on steps to create a safer home environment from the five leading causes of home injury: falls, poisonings, fires and burns, choking or suffocation, and drowning.
According to the Home Safety Council, 5.1 million injuries resulted from slips and falls on average each year, with falls accounting for more than one-third of all unintentional home injury deaths.
The Home Safety Council urges families to follow these safe steps:
• Have handrails on both sides of the stairs.
• Make sure handrails go from the top to the bottom of stairs.
• Have lots of lights at the top and the bottom of the stairs.
• It is easy to trip on small rugs. Tape them to the floor or do not use them at all.
• Keep the stairs clear.
• Have nightlights in the bedroom, hall and bathroom.
• Have a mat or non-slip strips in the tub and shower.
• Have grab bars in the tub and shower.
• Wipe up spills as they happen.
Protect Young Children from Falls
• Use safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs.
• Use a safety gate to prevent falls from balconies.
• Window guards can keep a child from falling out the window.
• Don’t put cribs, beds and other furniture close to upstairs windows.
• Put away ladders and step stools after using them.
• Cover the ground under playground equipment with a thick layer (9-12 inches) of mulch, wood chips or other safety material.
Take a look at this video about preventing hazardous falls from breaking health news website HealthWatchMd:
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