A sampling of tips for June’s National Safety Month

In the name of safety awareness, groups across the U.S. celebrate different events throughout the year. May, for instance, is home to National Water Safety Month and National Bike Month. June, on the other hand, has been designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as National Safety Month. This is an umbrella term for a number of safety-related issues, including preventing accidents, first aid preparedness and prescription drug abuse awareness. Given this smorgasbord of safety, here is a mix of important tips for you and yours:

"Clutter is a huge cause of slips and falls around the home."

1. Avoid random clutter
Among the biggest contributors to accidental slips and falls are random objects in a walkway, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Be sure to place electrical cords out of high-traffic areas. While small throw rugs might make a room feel warmer, they'll only cause accidents without a non-slip matting. Proper shoes help prevent accidents in almost any setting, and you want a pair with slip-resistant soles and decent support.

2. Extend your preparedness
When it comes to preparing for a natural disaster, most people rely on their emergency kit. These bags feature not only first-aid solutions but items like blankets, flares and water. However, as the Missouri Department of Health pointed out, just as much emphasis should be placed on planning escape routes. For instance, if you're dealing with a fire at home, you should designate at least two meeting spots several yards from your home for the family to meet. You also need to outline specific paths out of every room in your house, and keep this map somewhere handy for people to study.

3. Watch medicine usage
As the Food and Drug Administration explained, mix-ups with your medication, common among older adults and young children, can have a number of severe health effects, including harming your kidneys and liver. That's why it's important to keep a medications list around the house. That should include not only the names of drugs and dosage, but possible side effects and any interactions. To assemble this list, speak with a medical provider. He or she can be a huge help in preventing medicine-related accidents or mix-ups.

4. Start them young
Everyone is well aware that the dangers that accompany driving while on the phone. According to the NSC, your ability to multitask is diminished by 33 percent while using a phone. And not even a hands-free device can help, something which 80 percent of respondents to an NSC survey falsely believed. To really avoid phone usage while driving, it's important to get drivers while they're young, and that's where safety classes help. In fact, per the NSC, this education helps reduce youth-related car crashes by up to 40 percent. It's important for young drivers to understand concepts like risk management and know their abilities behind the wheel. 

No matter how prepared you might think you are, accidents still happen all the time. And that's when you'll want to visit your nearest CareWell Urgent Care Center. With locations across the East Coast, CareWell is fully equipped to deal with any injury quickly and effectively. 

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