As we look forward to the new year, many of us are making plans to help us live a better life over the next 12 months. The resolutions you make can also help you stay safer. Here are seven resolutions that can help you avoid personal injury:
If you’re getting your home ready for the holidays with decorations, lights, and other items, you’ll want to do so safely. Here’s how to bring cheer into your home while reducing your risk of injuries, including fractures, lacerations, and other injuries.
Thanksgiving is a time for celebration and, for many people, a time to spend time with others. While food and fun are part of the equation, we want to make sure everyone stays safe this year. Here are simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of injury this holiday:
At this time of year, many parents are considering Halloween costumes and getting ready for Halloween season. While in the past parents were worried about tainted candy, today we realize that dangers at Halloween can come from many sources—including pedestrian accidents and even the costumes themselves.
Whether you’re create a home-made costume or buying one from a store, start with these safety tips:
Toxic mold is a fungal growth that can grow in damp, warm environments. It can grow on any solid surface, including furniture, walls, floors, and inside walls, too. Unfortunately, South Florida has the right conditions for mold to flourish. It is warm most of the year and coastal areas, especially, tend to be humid. Major storms and flooding also affect the area, and these disasters can easily lead to mold.
Toxic mold, specifically Stachybotrys Chartarum and toxigenic Aspergillus, can harm your health. They can cause:
There are 4.5 million seniors in Florida, and for these residents falls can be a serious danger. While some healthy adults may be able to brush off a slip and fall or trip and fall with no serious injury, falls are one of the leading risks of death and serious injury for seniors.
Underlying health conditions can make the elderly susceptible to falls. They can also make seniors more at risk. Conditions such as osteoporosis, for example, can make bones more brittle, leading to more serious fractures.
Carbon monoxide (also known as CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause serious illness and even death. In fact, about 430 Americans die and another 50,000 visit ERs due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning each year.
Both people and pets can be harmed or killed by CO, which can build up to dangerous levels in closed homes or garages. Exposure can come from idling cars, furnaces, and appliances such as heaters.
For many parents, bunk beds are a fact of childhood. They’re often used at camps and at colleges and boarding schools. They can also be a great option for children’s rooms, especially if kids share a room with their siblings or want an extra sleep space for sleepovers.
While bunk beds can be space-effective, a study has found that they have been linked to thousands of injuries requiring emergency room treatment. Between 2006 and 2015, in fact, there were 639,700 bunk bed injuries across the country requiring emergency room treatment. These injuries included:
August is National Dog Month, and while Florida residents love their canine companions, dog bites are the most common animal attacks that lead to fatalities and serious injury in the state. Unfortunately, these types of attacks disproportionately affect children, whose lives can be changed permanently by severe dog bites.