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Accidents (unintentional injuries)

Published on Dec 06 2016 // Men health

Accidents (unintentional injuries)

Accidents, also called unintentional injuries, are the number three cause of death in the United States. They account for 1 of every 4 people treated in an emergency department.

Death can result from many types of accidents, such as:

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  • Car accidents
  • Drug overdose
  • Falls
  • Fires

In many cases, accidental injury can be prevented. Here are just a few steps you can take to lower your risks:

  • Don’t drive when you feel sleepy. Don’t drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Also, don’t accept a ride with an impaired driver.
  • Wear your seat belt.
  • Drive the speed limit, and obey traffic laws.
  • Look for safety issues around your home, and fix or remove problems. Remove tripping hazards that can cause falls, such as cords or loose rugs.
  • Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are working.
  • Use the handrail when walking up or down stairs.
  • Use safety gear during sports activities, such as a helmet when biking.
  • Follow workplace safety guidelines and OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) standards.
  • Learn to swim.
  • Use care with ladders, power equipment, and chemicals when working around the home.

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