The National Safety Council (NSC) has declared June as National Safety Month. One of the four areas the NSC is focusing on in June is preventing slips, trips, and falls. Did you know that falling, even from a standing position, can be deadly? In facts, falls are the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths for all ages. It is also the number one cause of death for those ages 65 and older. The NSC offers some simple tips on how to prevent falls, while at work, out in public, and in the home.
How to Prevent Falls
There are some steps one can take, in their home and other personal areas, such as their office, to protect themselves and others from falls. These include:
- Remove clutter. This can include electrical cords, phone cords, stacks of mail or magazines, etc. from walkways, stairways, and doorways.
- Clean up spills immediately
- Wear proper footwear
- Install non-skid mats on shower and bathroom floors and consider non-slip adhesive strips on stairs.
- Use railings when walking down stairs.
- Install nightlights in dark areas, including storage areas, bathrooms, and hallways, to prevent tripping at night or while reaching for a light in a dark space.
- Report safety concerns on construction sites.
Beware of Distracted Walking
Distracted walking has become more of a risk in recent years. In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of Safety Research, over a ten year period, distracted walking caused more than 10,000 serious injuries. In order to limit risk, the National Safety Council suggests taking the following steps:
- Don't use a cell phone while walking. This is especially true near crosswalks. You need to have your full hearing capabilities when walking near traffic.
- Avoid using headphones near traffic areas for the same reason.
- Be mindful in noisy areas, such as airports and malls.
- More than half of all walking incidents happen in the home – put down your cell phone until you can give it your undivided attention.
- When driving, be aware of the potential for distracted walkers. This is particularly true in school zones.
In general, walking and using a cell phone, whether texting, calling someone, talking on the phone, or playing a game, is a bad combination. Consider either walking or using a cell phone. Resist the urge to combine the two – the risk of serious injury is too great.
If You Have Been Injured in a Slip, Trip, or Fall
If you have been injured in a slip, trip, or fall, you may be entitled to compensation. This compensation could cover your injuries, your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact the firm of Frost & Kavanaugh to discuss the facts and circumstances of your case. We can assist you in determining whether someone else may be responsible for your injuries. Call us today for a free consultation. There is no obligation. We only charge a fee if we win your case.