Home » National Safety Month 2015 – Reduce Risk of Slips and Falls
The National Safety Council (NSC) observes National Safety Month (NSM) every year in June. The campaign is meant to raise public awareness about key safety issues and reduce the risk of injuries. It focuses on encouraging safe behaviors so as to minimize the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in homes and communities.
National Safety Month is the ideal time for individuals, employees, communities, families and workplaces across the US to identify and report key safety issues. The theme for NSM 2015, “What I Live For“, is inspired by the idea that “everyone has something they live to see or experience.” The theme emphasizes the need to make a difference by spreading the word about important ways to reduce the likelihood of injuries. This year, the focus is on these key safety topics: prescription, painkiller abuse, transportation safety, emergency preparedness, ergonomics and slips, trips and falls.
Slips and falls are a leading cause of disability among people of all ages, especially older adults. A report in USA Today says that one out of eight (13%) Americans is aged 65 or more. Older adults are at higher risk for falls that can cause injury leading to an end to their active life and independence. Reports suggest that about 20 million Americans age 65 years and above visit the emergency room each year, with almost a third of the visits related to injuries sustained in their homes.
According to Injury Facts 2015, an estimated 93,200 unintentional-injury related deaths occurred in the home and community in 2013. Simple safety measures such as removing tripping hazards such as throw rugs and clutter in walkways, installing hand rails or grab bars in stairways, installing accessibility devices such as stair lifts or elevators for wheelchair users and seniors with mobility issues, proper lighting in all work spaces and cleaning up spills immediately will help to reduce the risks of accidents both at home and in the workplace.
As part of the campaign, the NSC will provide materials or resources such as safety checklists, posters, tip sheets and info-graphics in an effort to improve safety awareness and protect the lives of people.
Join the National Safety Month celebration! Make a difference by spreading the word about how to reduce the risk of injuries.
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