Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.
This June, the National Safety Council is celebrating people’s passions with the theme of “What I Live For.”
Everyone has something they live to see or experience. No matter what your passion is, engage in safe behaviors so you can live for what matters most.
Know the facts
According to Injury Facts 2015, in 2013, an estimated 93,200 unintentional-injury related deaths occurred in the home and community.
The following are the top causes:
1. Motor vehicles: No one wakes up thinking he or she will lose a loved one in a car crash that day. But vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for children and young adults ages 5 to 24. They are the No. 2 cause of death for adults 25 and older and for toddlers, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
2. Poisoning: Every year, poison control centers receive about 2.2 million calls seeking medical help for poisoning. Unintentional poisoning includes the unsupervised ingestion of drugs or chemicals, "overdoses" or the excessive use of a drug, and exposure to environmental substances. The most common poisons include prescription and over-the-counter medications, cleaning products and personal care products. In adults, prescription drug overdose is the leading cause of unintentional injury death.
3. Falls also are the leading cause of injury-related death for adults age 65 and older. This is not surprising considering falls are among the most common causes of traumatic brain injury. About 29,500 people died from falls in 2013, and the vast majority of them were over age 65.
4. While choking is a hazard for all ages, choking deaths peaked at age 84 in 2011, with 159 deaths.
Foods are responsible for many choking incidents, especially in the elderly. Choking can cause a simple coughing fit or something more serious like a complete blockage of the airway, which can lead to death.
5. Drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 4 and is the second leading cause of death for children 5-14. Most drowning and near-drowning incidents happen when a child falls into a pool or is left alone in the bathtub.
6. Fires and burns. Often fatal fires are the result of not having a working smoke alarm or carbon-monoxide detector. Burns are a common injury whether it be from a household cleaning products or the sun. How severe a burn is varies by degrees: first, second and third degrees. The most common causes of burns are scalds, fire, chemicals, electricity and the sun.