June is National Safety Month, and Wesley Woods of Newnan encourages you to learn more about important safety issues like preventing poisonings, transportation safety, and slips, trips and falls.
- Poisonings: Nine out of 10 poisonings happen right at home. You can be poisoned by many things, like cleaning products or another person’s medicine. Add the poison control number to your cell phone: 1-800-222-1222
- Transportation safety: Doing other activities while driving – like texting or eating – distracts you and increases your chance of crashing. About 15% of crashes where someone is injured involve distracted driving. (See next article about what Georgia’s new Hands-Free Law means for drivers and cell phones.)
- Slips, trips, and falls: One in four older adults falls each year. Many falls lead to broken bones or a head injury. The CDC has published a checklist of things you can do to improve home safety and prevent falls: visit https://www.cdc.gov/steadi/pdf/STEADI-Brochure-CheckForSafety-508.pdf.