Home Safety Topics

In 2016, 161,374 people died from a preventable injury. That's a 10% increase over 2015 and an 86% increase over the past 24 years. The majority of these deaths are not happening in the workplace. They are happening in homes and communities.

Opioids

In the U.S., more than 60 people die of opioid pain medications every day. That’s 22,000 people every year. People who have been prescribed opioids can become addicted. Some move from pills to heroin. Nearly three-quarters of people who have abused prescription painkillers report getting them from friends or relatives. Learn how to keep loved ones alive.

Other poisons

More than 90% of all poisonings happen at home. Know the risks and take steps to safeguard your family from radon gas, carbon monoxide, lead poisoning, button batteries, household cleaners and more. Childproofing also is essential if you have children. Familiarize yourself with the dangers.

Choking and suffocation

Choking is one of the leading causes of unintentional death. Living alone, having dentures or difficulty swallowing can increase risk. Choking also is a leading cause of death for infants. Learn how to assist young and old alike if they are ever faced with choking or suffocation.

Active Shooter

Most people will never have to use active shooter training. A person’s odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash are 1 in 114, compared to 1 in 6,905 for firearms discharge. However, active shooter training is on the radar for more individuals and organizations because of a rise in incidents across America. Learn what one community is doing to help keep residents safe.

Older Adult Falls

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for adults age 65 and older, according to Injury Facts. The good news: Falls are preventable and aging, itself, does not cause falls. Learn how to make your home or the home of a loved one safer.

Emergency Preparedness

Natural and man-made disasters can strike anywhere at any time, so it’s important to have a planned response when at work, at home or on the road. Will you be ready if disaster strikes?

Concussions

Every three minutes a child in the U.S. is treated for a sports-related concussion. Don’t think it’s just football players – or boys – who bang their heads. Research shows girls suffer a higher percentage of concussions in sports in which girls and boys participate, including soccer. Learn how to recognize the signs of concussion and put in a place an emergency plan.

Child Safety

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children and teens ages 1 to 19. A number of other issues can put kids at risk of serious injury, including sports, medicines, button batteries, windows and even backpacks, to name a few. Learn about many of the risks children are particularly susceptible to.

Distracted Walking

Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in crashes in 2016, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. One factor: distracted walking. Everyone with a cell phone is at risk.