Preventing home injuries, including falls, fires/burns and poisoning, should be something that's upper-most in our minds all the time, but the subject has an extra focus this month because June is National Home Safety Month.
Organized by the Home Safety Council, the aim is to educate and motivate families, especially children, under the banner of Hands on Home Safety. The Council has created stacks of ready-made resources to share with family and friends, co-workers and others to encourage them to take a hands-on approach to make their homes safer.
They include copy-ready newsletter articles, brochures dealing both with home safety and disaster preparedness, a series of lesson plans such as weekly reader program, a curriculum kit for elementary school classroom and a falls prevention program for older adult activity centers.
Every year, home-related injuries cause nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits. Says the Council: "There are many simple things you can do to help save lives and prevent injuries.
Installing the right safety products and planning for the whole family can prepare you to deal with whatever may arise. We all have the most critical tools needed to make the largest impact on our home’s safety…our own two hands."
Some quick tips from the campaign:
- Have grab bars in the tub and shower.
- Always read the label before using any products.
- Have working smoke alarms and hold fire drills.
- Anything that can fit through a toilet paper tube can cause a child to choke.
- Stay within an arm's length of kids in and around water.
For more on the campaign visit http://tinyurl.com/HSM2011, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 330-4900.