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National Safety Month: Risk by Age Group

It’s National Safety Month. With preventable injuries being the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, it’s more important than ever to understand the risks faced throughout our lives and what steps we can take to limit our susceptibility to them.

0-12 Months

Infants are most at risk for suffocation. Over 2 children die every day from this preventable injury. To limit risk of suffocation for your infant, let them sleep in a crib instead of in bed with you. Lay them on their back to sleep and keep the crib free of stuffed animals and blankets.

1-24 Years

Almost 21 deaths occur in this age group every day because of car accidents. Although you can’t control other drivers, you can ensure that you and your passengers are buckled up, use appropriately sized safety seats for children, and never practice distracted driving.

25-64 Years

Each day, 92 lives are ended by unintentional poisoning or overdosing on prescription drugs. Prince is the latest celebrity death in the news that highlights this epidemic of preventable deaths. Do not share prescription medications with others and always ask your doctor if there are alternatives to the pain medications you are prescribed.

65+ Years

Over 69 people die from falls each day. You can help prevent these falls by providing adequate lighting in stairwells and walkways and ensuring that your elderly relatives use non-skid mats in the bathroom.

At the Law Offices of Mark L. Karno and Associates, our experienced attorneys are dedicated to seeking justice for the victims of preventable deaths. If you have lost a loved one in an accident, call us today at 312-945-7464 for your free consultation. We welcome clients from Aurora, Chicago, and the surrounding communities.