NSC’s Leading Causes of Preventable Injuries and Deaths

Staying safe and enjoying life safely isn't just about learning how to take out a bad guy. Enjoying life safely is all about doing as many great things as you can and experiencing all you can without getting hurt or killed. Situational awareness is a large part, but defending yourself against an attacker is much smaller.

Ladder fallThe National Safety Council works toward educating and influencing behaviors around the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths. Here are a few of the top ways to prevent common injuries:

Stay off your cell phone when you are driving. I've made videos on this before. Driving is a privilege that comes with a shared responsibility of safety. Don't text and drive. And I don't even have to mention don't drink and drive do I?

Get trained in first aid, CPR and AED either online or in a classroom. Also learn trauma aid and how to stop bleeding. Put a tourniquet in with your first aid supplies.

Check and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors annually.

Keep your kids safe by enrolling them in swimming lessons and always watch over them near any body of water. I've made videos on this topic too. It is an important one! More than one in five drowning victims are children under the age of 15, and most incidents happen when a child falls into a pool or is left alone in the bathtub. More children drown than are abducted and killed, so make sure you teach your children to swim at an early age and watch them around water.

Take caution with ladders. Make sure they are in good working condition and look up, look out and look around for overhead power lines when transporting a ladder or doing any overhead work. Situational awareness, right? Before you scoff at this tip, note that according to the World Health Organization there are more than 164,000 emergency room-treated injuries and 300 deaths in the U.S. each year that are caused by falls from ladders.

Just remember that enjoying life safely is about all things that can injure or kill you. Stay Safe!

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