Each year June is recognized by the National Safety Council as National Safety Month — a time to highlight safety concerns regarding the leading causes of injury in the United States.
Following are some important safety issues that Jasper residents and people throughout Alabama should be aware of this summer and throughout the year.
Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of preventable death for children between ages 1 and 4?
For obvious reasons, swimming pool accidents happen more often during the summer months. People may dive into pools and suffer head or spine injuries, and slip-and-fall accidents around pools are common.
For young children, often the risk is falling into a pool while unattended. In fact, Alabama law requires that pools be fenced in, and gates must be closed and locked to prevent small children from entering the premises without supervision. In any case, it is important to monitor children any time they are near a pool or other body of water.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers.
With the latest school year behind them, teenagers tend to have a bit more freedom during the summer months, and young drivers often express that sense of freedom by taking to the roads.
With that in mind, it is important for parents and other adults to impress upon teens the importance of driving safely. A serious accident can happen in the blink of an eye, and teenagers may not recognize this fact unless parents make it very clear.
As we discussed in a previous post, distracted driving is an ongoing problem among teenagers, and parents can help protect their children and others by emphasizing the importance of focusing on the task of driving — and not on passengers, mobile devices and other distractions.
For seniors, falling is the leading cause of preventable death.
According to the latest available statistics, in 2013, more than 29,000 people in the U.S. lost their lives to falls, and falling is the third leading cause of unintentional, injury-related death for people of all age groups.
However, for Americans who are 71 or older, the number-one cause of preventable death is falling.
Age alone is not the cause of this. The reality is that falls are preventable, and falls among seniors can be prevented in a number of ways, including:
- Removal of small furniture and other objects from walking areas
- Promptly wiping up spills
- Use of non-skid mats in bathtubs or showers
- Use of non-slip adhesive strips on stairways
- Use of personal walking devices
- Making sure carpets are secured to the floor
- Providing adequate lighting, including nightlights in hallways, kitchens and bathrooms
- Ensuring that chairs have railings on both sides
Unfortunately, many seniors are injured in nursing homes that fail to take these safety measures. If you suspect that your loved one has been injured because of nursing home negligence, speak with a personal injury lawyer about your legal options.
Safety Now and Throughout the Year
Although June is National Safety Month, the kinds of injuries discussed here can be prevented year-round. For more on what to do after an injury due to someone else’s negligence, please see The Sapp Law Firm‘s personal injury overview.