Any harm or damage caused by accidents, falls, hits, and weapons is known as injury. You can get injured at work or play, indoors or outdoors, while driving a car or walking across the street. Accidents happen, but there are things you can do to prevent getting injured.
- Falls account for more than 40 percent of non-fatal injuries.
- Motorists without helmets are 40 percent more likely to die from a head injury.
What are common injuries?
- Animal bites
- Electrical injuries
- Sprains and strains
How to prevent common injuries?
Household pets like dogs and cats are responsible for maximum cases of animal bites. They can be managed by following these guidelines:
- If the bite breaks the skin, wash the area with soap and water, apply an antibiotic cream, and cover it with a clean bandage.
- Get a tetanus shot, preferably within 48 hours of getting bitten.
- If the wound is bleeding, apply pressure to stop the bleeding and get medical attention right away.
- Never leave young children unattended with animals.
- If you have not had a tetanus shot in the past ten years, get one.
Follow these steps to protect your family and avoid a trip to the emergency department due to burns:
- Do not leave hot coffee on tables or countertop edges.
- Cover unused electric outlets with safety caps.
- Do not put water on a grease fire.
- Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach in a locked cabinet.
- Keep fire extinguishers on every floor of your house and a working smoke detector.
Unintentional falls are the leading injury-related reason people seek emergency care but they can be prevented by keeping the following points in mind.
- Don’t leave objects on the stairs or walkways.
- Use nightlights in the bedroom, hall and bathroom.
- Remove throw rugs and tack down other rugs to avoid tripping.
- Be sure the bottom of the tub or shower has a non-skid surface.
- Cover play areas with paddings such as shredded mulch, wood chips, gravel or fine sand.
Protect yourself from other injuries
- Stay away from damaged buildings or structures until they have been examined and certified as safe by an expert.
- Leave immediately if you smell gas or suspect a leak.
- Avoid lifting any heavy material alone.
- Wear safety and protective gear for clean-up work.
- Wear earplugs or protective headphones to reduce risk from equipment noise.
Did you know?
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1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed Nov 29, 2016. 2. Emergency Care for you. Accessed Nov 30, 2016. 3. British Medical Journal. Accessed Nov 30, 2016.