Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council will launch Falls Prevention week, June 19-25, during National Safety Month – an annual observance held during June to educate and encourage safe behaviors around the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths.
Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States, accounting for nearly 8.6 million visits to emergency departments, according to Injury Facts, 2011 edition. Adults 55 and older are more prone to being victims of falls, and the resulting injuries can diminish the ability to lead active, independent lives. The number of fall deaths among adults 65 and older is four times the number of fall deaths among all other age groups.
To help the public stay safe, NSC is providing posters, tip sheets and a crossword puzzle. Organizations, municipalities, communities and the public are encouraged to download the free materials and share them widely. Through education and changing unsafe behaviors, falls can be prevented.
To prevent falls, NSC recommends:
- Exercise, such as brisk walking, tai chi and yoga, helps reduce falls by improving strength and balance. Stay hydrated while exercising and consult with your physician before starting an exercise program.
- Have a doctor or pharmacist review all of your medications. Some medicines, combination of medicines or other combinations (sun, alcohol, etc.) can make you drowsy or light-headed, which can lead to a fall.
- Have your vision checked regularly by an eye doctor. Poor vision can greatly increase your chance of falling.
- Pay attention when you walk or use stairs.
- Avoid distractions, such as texting or reading while walking, that can lead to a slip, trip or fall due to a step, crack or hole in the ground.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Falls can happen in any location, even in familiar areas.
NSC members receive member-exclusive materials during NSM, including weekly webinars. To learn more, visit nsc.org/nsm.
NSC would like to thank JLG LiftPod for sponsoring Falls Prevention week during National Safety Month.
The National Safety Council (nsc.org) saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.