National Safety Month, Week 3: Falls

This month, the National Safety Council focuses providing information to decrease the causes of injury at home, at work, and on the road. Each week focuses on one main topic: Emergency Preparedness, Wellness, Falls, and Driving.

At Blue Hills we believe that prevention is a key component to your overall health.

This week's main topic is about falls. We may not consider slipping at home or tripping on the sidewalk to be serious risks, but they can be very dangerous. According to the National Safety Council, falls are the third leading cause of unintentional injury related deaths for all ages, and the number one cause of death for those older than 65.

Here are some tips to help keep you and others from tripping at your home:

  • Remove clutter, including electrical cords and other tripping hazards, from walkways, stairs and doorways

  • Install nightlights in the bathroom, hallways and other areas to prevent tripping and falls at night

  • Always wear proper footwear and clean up spills immediately

A new hazard that has come up in recent years is distracted walking. Nearly everyone owns a cell phone and consequently distracted walking has become a serious risk. Here are some tips to limit the risk:

  • Avoid cell phone use while walking, especially near crosswalks – talk with your friends and loved ones about this risk as well ( If you need to use your phone, find a safe area to stop walking and remain in place until you are finished

  • Pay special attention in busy areas, such as airports and shopping centers, and even your own house – more than half of distracted walking incidents happen at home (You should also watch out for distracted walkers as well)

Please click the links below to learn more!

Tip sheet: English & Spanish

Recognizing Hidden Dangers: 25 Steps to a Safer Office

Fall Protection Leads OSHA's 'Top 10' List of Most Frequently Cited Violations