Did you know that June is National Safety Month? The National Safety Council (NSC) is sponsoring the awareness campaign because injuries are a leading cause of disability for people and pets of all ages. What’s more, accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. And since many accidents are preventable, it is worthwhile to take a few minutes to review these suggestions for simple, safe behaviors which, when practiced, can help eliminate injuries – and even death.
- Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury among the elderly.
- 87% of all fractures in the elderly are due to falls.
- Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions, and 40% of all nursing home admissions 40% of those admitted do not return to independent living; 25% die within a year.
- Many falls do not result in injuries, yet a large percentage of non-injured fallers (47%) cannot get up without assistance.
- Getting help after an immobilizing fall improves the chance of survival by 80% and increases the likelihood of a return to independent living.
- Up to 40% of people who have a stroke have a serious fall within the next year.
- Fall is my favorite season. But that’s a little off the point.
How to Avoid Slips & Falls
Did you know you could injure your back, shoulders, or neck anytime you lift or carry heavy objects or do repetitive actions such as typing or working on an assembly line? Also disconcerting, more than 1 in3 older adults fall each year…spraining or breaking bones, tearing cartilage and/or exacerbating pre-existing health conditions. But don’t think that only hard-labor positions put you at risk. In fact, all types of work (even desk jobs) can lead to injuries. But, as much as you might want to, don’t quit your job to stay safe—because half of all falls happen at home.
So, whether you are at home, at work or on vacation, take these steps to stay safe:
- Lift things carefully
- Arrange equipment to fit your body.
- Take short breaks and stretch your muscles.
- Eat a healthy diet
- Stay active
- Watch your weight
- Get enough sleep
- Make sure you store plenty of bacon at home. While it may not help you avoid falling, it will keep your tummy happy.
Some people think that the best thing to do if you’ve fallen, or if you’re afraid of falling, is to halt activity. Why take the chance of falling again, right? Actually, research shows that people who are less active are more likely to fall because they lack the strength and balance and they need to resist falls. This is why healthcare professionals recommend starting a regular exercise routine of any kind – even if you start by taking only a few steps every day. Your canine likely tries to remind you of this!
- Strength and stamina
Giving your heart, lungs and the rest of your cardiovascular system even a modest workout can make a tremendous difference in the way you feel, in your energy level, and in the way you go about enjoying life as best you can.
When you were very young, you had to learn to balance yourself, and unless you continue to use your balance under safe conditions, this vital skill diminishes. Balance also helps you to keep the mass of your body over your feet, which helps you maintain your stability when moving your weight from one position to another.
Regain spring in your step, and practice walking (either alone, or with a cane or walker) with a stronger, safer and more fluid gait.
Exercise can make you more responsive and help you react more safely to obstacles in your path and other potential dangers. Move your body, People!
So the bottom line is that the best way to stay safe from falls is to stay healthy so you can quickly recover even if you do fall! The RJWestmore Training System by Universal Fire/Life Safety Services is a convenient and affordable solution to all of the training needs of your building(s). Choosing our service cuts property management training related workloads by 90% and saves you over 50% compared to conventional training! More importantly, IT SAVES LIVES!