Did you know that preventable injuries are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States? During this National Safety Month, the National Safety Council aims to educate and influence behaviors which can result in preventable injuries and deaths at work, homes, on the road, and communities.
Here at HSA for America, I want to encourage you to become advocates for safety in your homes by making simple lifestyle changes to recognize hazards better, prevent injuries, and be prepared. Here are some tips to make a safe decision for you.
What Are The Common Causes Of Injuries At Home?
The home should be our safe haven. However, millions of people suffer injuries each year at home. There are several causes of home injury and they include falls, improper lifting, and fatigue.
How To Reduce The Risk Of Falling?
Falls are common home accidents, especially for young the elderly and children. These falls can lead to serious injuries like broken bones, concussions, and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.
The best way to prevent falls is to take these extra precautionary measures around the house:
- Secure carpets to the floor.
- Wipe up spills immediately.
- Install railings on the both sides of your stairs.
- Keep floors clear of tripping hazards like shoes or toys.
- Provide adequate lighting in every stairway and room.
How To Reduce The Risk Of Back Injuries?
Back injuries are common problems at home and work. About 31 million Americans will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives according to the American Chiropractic Association. Daily stretches and exercise can strengthen your back.
Below are things you can do to lessen the threat of career-ending back injuries:
- Reduce stressful body movements.
- Pace of work and rest breaks.
- Never twist or bend your back.
- Lift heavy objects correctly.
- Limit the amount of weight you carry.
How To Lessen The Risk Of Fatigue?
Studies say we need at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every day. According to the CDC, one in three adults doesn’t get adequate sleep, and 37% of the U.S. workforce is sleep deprived.
Fatigue makes us more susceptible to injuries. Here are tips to reducing the likelihood of fatigue:
- Eliminate unnecessary light.
- Eat healthily and get some exercise.
- Avoid eating right before bed.
- Remember that bedtime is for sleeping.
- Keep your bedroom temperate, neither cold nor hot.
Be Prepared With An Accident Insurance
You can’t stop accidents from occurring, but you can have a financial safety net in place in case they do. Having an accident insurance can help in reducing your medical bills and out-of-pocket costs that you may incur after an accidental injury. As medical costs continue to increase, accident insurance provides a vital layer of financial protection.
I hope that with these tips, you can protect your family both physically and financially as well.
Wiley Long is President of HSA for America, and a passionate advocate for consumer-based solutions that will improve price transparency and lower health insurance and medical costs for people purchasing individual and family health insurance plans.