June is National Safety Month, a time when organizations nationwide give additional focus to the prevention of injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, in our homes and communities. This year’s theme is “No 1 Gets Hurt.” The public is encouraged to think of at least one change individuals can make to improve their safety this month. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has just wrapped up its focus this week on falls, a leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths for all ages. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that 30 percent of people age 65 and older are involved in falls each year–some of those falls are fatal–while others permanently disable victims, often causing loss of mobility or independence.
NFPA’s Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults can be implemented by the fire service, health-related organizations, service clubs, or social and religious organizations to help communities make that one change: eliminating or reducing falls.