January: National Bath Safety Month

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 45% of bathroom related injuries occur to children age 10 and younger. They also make up 75% of bathroom related fatalities. Slips and falls are the main source of injuries in the bathroom, while only 100 people drown in bathtubs and 70 people die from burns in the bathtub every year.

Most of these incidences happen when the child is not being supervised by a responsible adult and usually when the adult has only stepped away for a moment.

Here are some ways you can make your bathrooms safer:

  • Put a lid lock on your toilet seat.
  • Have a non-skid surface in your bathtub.
  • Never leave small children alone around any container of water. This includes toilets, tubs, wading pools, spas, aquariums, and buckets.
  • Before bathing children, gather the soap, shampoo, toys, towel, diaper, clothing, and any other needed items you might need before running the bath water. Place these items so you can easily reach them.
  • After running bath water, check the water temperature before placing the child in the bath water.
  • Once your child is in the bath, don’t leave for any reason. Children can drown in just a small amount of water. They can easily topple into the tub or toilet. It only takes a few seconds for a drowning to happen.
  • If you must leave the room for the telephone or door, take the child with you after taking the child out of the water and wrapping him in a towel.
  • For people who are elderly or have disabilities, consider installing grab bars on walls around the tub and beside the toilet and a portable, hand-held shower head.
  • Check that the following items are not in reach of children:
    • Medicines
    • Cosmetics
    • Nail polish and removers
    • Hair products
    • Toothpaste with fluoride
    • Perfume
    • Cleaners
    • Air deodorizers
    • Mouthwash
    • Personal hygiene products
(Sources: CPSC.org, NSC.org, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services)

National Safety Month: Week 3

Week 3: Preventing Overexertion at Work and Home

Overexertion is caused by straining your body and asking it to do what it is not prepared for or isn’t supposed to do.  According to the NSC,

“Overexertion injuries, mainly sprains and strains, to the back or spine comprise about 40 percent of both on and off-the-job injuries.”

Preventing overexertion is simple. We should all know these tips, even if we don’t always want to follow some of them.

  • Before doing any strenuous work or heavy lifting, warm-up your muscles and stretch.
  • Always lift with your legs, never bend over and lift with your back.
  • Exercise regularly to keep your body fit and healthy, even if your exercise is just going for a walk, anything is better than nothing.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet, make sure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs.

Week 1: Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention
Week 2: Teen Driving Safety
Week 4: Dangers of Cell Phone Use While Driving

National Safety Month: Week 1

The month of June is National Safety Month.  The National Safety Council has broken down the month into 5 categories to discuss.  I will be posting information on each of these topics as the month goes on.

Week 1: Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention

The abuse of prescription drugs (painkillers, depressants and stimulants) is a very real and dangerous threat.  Many people are more concerned with the use of marijuana and other illicit drugs (cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants) that they forget about what may be in their medicine cabinet.

According to the 2008 National Survey of Drug Use & Health, 1.5% of youth ages 12 to13 use prescription drugs for non-medical purposes.  Only 1.0% use marijuana, making prescription-type drugs their drug of choice.  The survey also showed that 2.9% of all youth ages 12-17 use prescription drugs non-medically.

Prescription drugs are often, mistakenly, thought to be safer to take than illicit drugs.  While properly taken under prescription they can be safe and beneficial to a person’s well-being, however, overuse of prescriptions can be just as damaging and addictive (if not more so) as other drug choices.

Teenagers are not the only ones to worry about.  Painkillers (such as Vicodin, Tylenol with Codeine, OxyContin, and Percocet)  are often abused by those to whom they were prescribed.

To learn ways you can help prevent prescription drug abuse in your own family visit www.theantidrug.com.

Week 2: Teen Driving Safety
Week 3: Preventing Overexertion at Work and Home
Week 4: Dangers of Cell Phone Use While Driving

The Complete Guide to Protecting Yourself, Your Home, Your Family

bealertAllow me to introduce you to a fantastic book, “Be Alert, Be Aware, Have A Plan” by Neal Rawls.

In this book is advice and plans to protect almost every aspect of your life; personal security, home security, car security, protecting children, fraud, natural disasters, terrorism, and so much more.  It is a good read (especially if you are genuinely interested in the subject).

Among the many careers and accomplishments that make Rawls qualified to write such a book, he is a former police officer, former bodyguard for a corporate executive, and a Homeland Security Specialist.

“Both timely and timeless. With the street smarts of a savvy undercover cop, Rawls energizes the reader’s latent survival instincts with time-tested actions and techniques to prevent attacks.” William F. Powers, Director (Ret) US Dept. of Justice Special Programs

I recommend everyone who wants to have a safer and more prepared life to read this book. I’ve read it once through and plan to read it many more times over.

For an overview of what is in the book and to buy it visit the website http://www.bealertbeaware.com/.