In 2016, accidental injuries became the third cause of death for the first time in the history of the United States, only outweighed by deaths caused by heart disease or cancer.
2019, like any year, presents a potential for sustaining serious personal injuries. We consider that the best way to fight injuries before they happen is by taking the time to evaluate your home, car, and specially your health.
So what can you do to identify hazards and prevent them from causing seriously – or deadly – bodily harm?
The best answer will be, this year, avoid personal injuries by focusing on injury prevention. Taking the time now to prevent accident can help ensure success for the rest of the year – 2019 –.
Schedule a Yearly Physical
It’s in your best interest to get a yearly physical even if you feel healthy (your doctor would agree too!) Routine checkups can prevent health problems, also help you learn more about you, and help save money in the long run.
Build Emergency Safety Kits
Regardless of location, having an emergency safety kit ready can prepare you for unforeseen circumstances. “Building emergency kits for your home and vehicle can make all the difference when it matters most,” recommends personal injury attorney Evan M. Oshan, founder attorney at Oshan & Associates, a firm dedicated to fight personal injury cases. “Keep a vehicle emergency kit stocked with items you could use if you get stranded.”
Non-perishable foods, plenty of drinking water, basic repair tools, a flashlight with extra batteries, a blanket, local maps, and a self-powered radio, are some of the essentials to include in your safety kit.
Take Another Look at Your Home Decor
Decorating your space is very important to make a house feels like home, but you should never take any risk, of a preventable accidents. Move easily-tripped-over items, like footrests and throw rugs, to low foot traffic areas to prevent a slip and fall accident. Adding extra lights or brighter bulbs throughout your home can increase visibility of hazards. Installing a bar handle in your bathtub and adding non-slip mats can increase security for children and elderly family members as well.
Get Serious About Fire Prevention
Fires and burns are the third leading cause of accidental home injury deaths. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three in five home fire fatalities happen because the house did not have functioning fire alarms. Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning property by testing them every month, replacing batteries twice a year, and replacing the device every 10 years. Also, double checks to make sure alarms are in each bedroom and on every level of your home.
Bring Your Car In
Don’t wait to get your oil changed and tires checked! As soon as a service light comes on or when the owner’s manual recommends (every three months or 3,000 miles), take your car in for maintenance. Preventative maintenance can make a difference on your vehicle’s efficiency and how much you end up spending on your car in the long run. It can also prevent a breakdown on a roadway or a serious car accident.
This year, prevent accidents and injuries by taking another look at your health, your home, and your vehicle. Every day poses a potential threat to your safety, but by making small changes, you can prevent injuries from happening to yourself and your loved ones.