June is Home Safety Awareness Month
Keeping your home safe helps keep you and those you love away from harm. When it comes to home safety, the more you know, the better off you are.
Did you know?
- In the U.S., nearly 3,000 people die every year in house fires.
- Nearly two-thirds of all U.S. house fires occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- Falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries for all children up to 19 years old.
- Every day, U.S. emergency rooms treat about 8,000 children for fall-related injuries.
- About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger.
Wake up to danger
Protect your home from fire by:
- Installing smoke alarms on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas and inside bedrooms.
- Change the batteries each year in the fall when you change your clocks back.
Stand up to slips, trips and falls
To help avoid falls and injuries:
- Wait until your floor dries before walking on it.
- Watch out for obstacles, such as small dogs or cats that can get under foot.
- Replace loose or slippery flooring.
Be cool in the pool
Pools should be fun, not dangerous. Here’s how to make that happen:
- If you or someone you love doesn’t know how to swim, take lessons.
- Never take your eyes off children in the water — always designate a "pool watcher".
- Put up a four-foot barrier such as a fence with self-closing and self-latching gates around the pool.
How Blue Care Network helps
Through its "Strengthening the Safety Net" funding opportunity, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network proudly support free and low-cost clinics — with care for everything — from falls to falling ill.