The National Safety Council has a list of the top causes of Unintentional injury and death at homes. Right now, in northeast Ohio, snow is not a problem at all. The weather has been unseasonably warm and the thought of snow has not entered our thoughts yet. But, snow will come and the many winter activities that snow brings along are some of the top unintentional injuries we have to be aware this winter.
Even if you are not thinking about sledding or skiing with your family, shoveling snow can be a strenuous exercise that you need to be aware of if you have heart problems or lead a sedentary life.
Fire-during this time of year, many families homes have an abundance of Christmas decorations or other holiday decorations that require electricity. Reading and following the safety precautions on these decorations can help you avoid a fire in your home.
Fires in the kitchen are a common occurrence during the holiday season as well. Be cautious while cooking your holiday meals, and do not leave the stove unattended.
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According to Injury Facts 2017, about 146,571 people died from unintentional injury-related deaths in 2015. That’s an all-time high. Often, these tragedies happen when least expected – during a vacation, while doing chores at home or while driving across town – and they are all preventable.
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Here, in order, are the top causes of unintentional injury and death in homes and communities.
In 2011, poisonings overtook motor vehicle crashes for the first time as the leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death for all ages combined. Poisoning deaths are caused by gases, chemicals and other substances, but prescription drug overdose is by far the leading cause. Learn more about this epidemic and other poisons in the home.
The holiday season can be a wonderful time of year if you take the needed precautions while out shopping and in your home. Public Information Officer Brian Kalinowski of the Galt Police Department encourages all Galt residents to be more aware or their surroundings during the holiday season, and Cosumnes Fire Department’s (CSD) Public Education Officer Laurel Schamber has tips to keep your homes safe from fires.
“The police department often sees an increase in thefts during the holidays,” Kalinowski said.
In an effort to prevent you from becoming a victim, the Galt Police Department offers some suggestions:
• Package Theft: If possible, have your packages delivered to an address where someone will be home to receive them. Leaving them out on the porch only invites those looking for an opportunity to take your items. Use delivery notification options so you can track your packages and have them retrieved upon delivery.