June is National Safety Month and now is a great time to review how prepared you are for the major causes of death throughout the United States.
In 2011, poisonings overtook motor vehicle crashes for the first time as the leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death for all ages combined. Poisoning deaths are caused by gases, chemicals and other substances, but prescription drug overdose is by far the leading cause. Putting all prescriptions in a lockable container can be a great way to prevent accidental ingestion. If you are concerned of a poisoning, please call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
#2: Motor Vehicle Crashes
No one wakes up thinking they will be in a car crash. But motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of unintentional injury related death overall. Impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding and inexperience are some of the most common causes. Everyone has a role in making our roads safer and buckling up every time you are in your vehicle. A properly fitted and installed car seat is very important. Car Seats & Booster Seats Information
Falling is the third leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death over all age groups. You cannot stop all falls, but when riding a bike with a helmet you reduce the likelihood of an injury during a fall! Bicycle Safety
#4: Choking and Suffocation
Suffocation is the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury-related death over all age groups. Choking on food or other objects is a primary cause. By keeping up on your CPR certification and skills will make all the difference when someone is choking. Take a CPR and First Aid Class Here
Not including boating incidents, about 10 people drown every day. It’s the fifth leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death over all ages. Drowning is the #1 cause of death for children ages 1 to 4. Most accidents occur when children fall into pools or are left alone in bathtubs. Here are Pool and Water Safety Tips
#6: Fires and Burns
Fire is the sixth leading cause of unintentional injury-related death over all ages. Fires often start at night, when family members are asleep. Thus a working smoke alarm will cut the chances of dying in a fire in half. Learn More About Fire Prevention and Safety
#7: Natural and Environmental Disasters
Disasters are front-page news. Lives lost are relatively few compared to other unintentional injury related deaths. Being prepared for a disaster will make the difference between life and death. One way to prepare is creating a plan ahead of time. Start Preparing Here
June is National Safety Month, but we must all be vigilant year round to keep our families safe!