Stay Safe This Summer: Slips, Trips and Falls

 

Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States, according to the National Safety Council.  June is National Safety Month and a good time to review how you can avoid slips, trips and falls all year long.

Fairfax County’s Risk Management Division and Office of Emergency Management encourage you to take steps today to stay healthy and injury-free.

Watch Where You Walk and Climb Ladders with Caution

  • Ensure adequate lighting at your home both indoors and outdoors.June is National Safety Month
  • Remove debris from exterior walkways.
  • Periodically check the condition of walkways and steps, and repair damages immediately.
  • Arrange furniture to provide open walking pathways.
  • Secure electrical and phone cords out of traffic areas.
  • Always keep at least three points of contact with a ladder (two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand).
  • A straight or extension ladder should be placed 1 foot away from the surface it rests against for every 4 feet of ladder height.
  • Place the base of the ladder on a firm, solid surface.
  • Do not use ladders outdoors in windy or inclement weather.

More information from the National Safety Council.

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2 responses to “Stay Safe This Summer: Slips, Trips and Falls”

  1. East Coast Powerwashing says :

    Ladder safety is so important when working around the home. On our website we have an info graphic about proper safety equipment and ladder handling. http://www.eastcoastpw.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/proper-ladder-safety-concept2header2.jpg

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