Recent events worldwide may have left you concerned about your family’s safety. However, the biggest threats to your family’s safety are close to your home. According to recent National Safety Council (NSC) statistics, preventable injuries account for 70% of injury-related deaths in the US. This includes falls, accidental poisoning, motor vehicle accidents, drowning, and choking. Fortunately, these accidents are preventable by taking the necessary precautions.
Here are four tips to help you keep your family safe in 2022 and beyond:
- Prevent Falls
Falls are a common risk within the home. The CDC has reported that approximately 20,000 people die from falls each year. The study suggests that children and seniors are likely to suffer a fall injury. Fortunately, there are measures you can put in place to protect your young and elderly family members from falling. You should consider eliminating all tripping hazards in the home. For example, you can ensure that electrical cords, toys, and other obstacles are safely packed away.
Also, use non-slip mats in your shower and bathtub and install grab bars next to the tub, shower, or toilet. Be sure that your home is well lit for sufficient visibility.
- Avoid Drinking and Driving
While 40% of fatal car accidents are caused by intoxication, more than 60% of youngsters are injured in drunk-driving incidents. NSC statistics suggest that around three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related driving accident at some point in their lives. However, if you plan on drinking, it is best to designate a driver who is not a drinker or phone a taxi. It is okay to take a break sometimes and have fun with the family, but that shouldn’t mean risking your family’s safety.
- Partner With a Primary Care Provider Using Virtual Communication
Information changes quickly, making it difficult to distinguish between fact and fiction. Your primary care physician is the finest source of reliable information, and they’re there to answer any questions or ease any fears you may have. Connect with your doctor via technology to determine the ideal location or time to seek care. Many physician offices collaborate electronically through services like Video Visits, which connect patients with doctors by smartphone, tablet, or computer. If you’re feeling sick and own medical items like Medical Thermometers you can share an accurate reading of your temperature to share with your primary care provider.
Find a local primary care provider or call your current primary care provider to find out how to stay in touch. If you or a family member is experiencing shortness of breath, a persistent cough, or worsening fever, talk to your doctor at once. You may also want to consider joining a caregiver forum if you are taking care of elderly parents in your home.
- Be Fire-Prepared
If a fire breaks out in your home, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers can help prevent harm. Test your smoke detectors once a month and ensure to change your batteries twice a year. It is vital to make sure your family knows various emergency exit plans, how to handle a fire, and dial 911 in an emergency.
However, it is important to prevent a fire from happening. Ensure all electrical appliances, cords, and outlets are in good working order. Keep children, pets, and combustible items away from space heaters. If you smoke, avoid doing so in bed or on upholstered furniture. Experts also recommend yearly furnace maintenance to ensure an efficient combustion process and family safety during the colder months.
We hope these tips helped. Happy 2022!