Home and Community Safety
o In 2013, 93,200 unintentional-injury related deaths occurred in the home and community
o The top 7 causes of injury and death in this category are:
1.) Motor Vehicles
6.) Fire and Burns
7.) Emergency Preparedness
o About 2.5 million nonfatal falls were treated in emergency departments in 2013
o More than 250,000 hip fractures are reported every year, and 95 percent of those are from falls.
o The average dollar loss per burglary in the U.S. is $2,185 according to the FBI.
o A majority of convicted burglars say that they intentionally avoided homes with security systems.
1.) Instead of storing valuables in your night stand, put it in your child’s dresser. Burglars are more likely to look in the master bedroom rather than a child’s.
2.) Keep your car keys next to your bed when sleeping. If you hear a burglar in the middle of the night, press the panic button on your car. This will most likely scare the burglar off.
3.) If you cannot afford to purchase a security system, put a decal up anyway. An established thief may not be fooled, but you may elude a less experienced one.
4.) Protect yourself against a house fire. Make sure to have a working smoke detector and change the batteries once every year. Plan and practice a family escape route.
5.) Weather emergencies can happen at any time. Before these events occur, make sure to:
- Keep an emergency kit in your car
- Have at least 3 days’ worth of food and water in your home at all times
- Assign one family member to learn first aid and CPR
6.) Falls are the leading injury related deaths for people 65 years or older. This can be prevented though. A few ways to keep your home safe is to:
- Install railings on both sides of the stairs
- Provide adequate light in every room of the house and outside the home
- Provide grab bars in the tub/ shower and near the toilet
- Harvard Medical School gives credits exercising as a great way to prevent the physical hardships of aging. Do activities like Tai Chi; it has been proven to improve balance and muscle tone
Sources: 13 Things You Never Knew About Home Safety; http://www.rd.com/slideshows/13-things-you-never-knew-about-home-safety/view-all/
Home and Recreational Safety; http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/safety-at-home.aspx
8 Surprising Home Invasion & Burglary Statistics; http://www.safewise.com/blog/8-surprising-home-burglary-statistics/