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June is National Safety Month

Toni-Ann DiSantis

JUNE IS NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH

Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads and in our homes and communities.

Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. But there are many things people can do to stay safe and prevent injuries.

How can National Safety Month make a difference?      

We can all use this month to raise awareness about important safety issues like:

•Medication safety and prescription painkiller abuse:

Prescription painkiller overdoses are a growing problem in the United States, especially among women. About 18 women die every day from a prescription painkiller overdose – more than 4 times as many as back in 1999.

•Transportation safety: Doing other activities while driving – like texting or eating–distracts you and increases your chance of crashing. Almost 1 in 5 crashes (17%) that injured someone involved distracted driving.

•Slips, trips, and falls: One in 3 older adults falls each year. Many falls lead to broken bones and other health problems.

Safety is no accident. It's a choice we need to make throughout our entire lives. Whether it's driving without passengers as a newly licensed teen, finding alternatives to prescription painkillers in middle-age or fall-proofing the bathroom as an older adult, we're all empowered to make safe decisions for ourselves and those we care about.