“”You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.” (Psalm 31:8)”
June is National Safely Month. We can use this month to raise awareness about important safety issues like the following:
- Safety with Prescription Drugs: Check the storage, expiration dates, instructions, and safety of all of your prescribed and over the counter medications. Review how and when you should take each medication; update your medication list and have a copy in your wallet, with your Dr., and in your refrigerator (in a medicine bottle) on the door so Emergency Personnel can access a copy. Be sure children and teens do not have access to your medications.
- Slips, trips, & falls: Do a home, yard, and activity assessment. Check for loose rugs, poorly visible steps;(put bright tape on edge of steps); slick tile or bath surfaces; electrical cords or pet leashes that might trip; adequate lighting around home, garage, walkways; Agility getting down on the floor and back up again & in & out of cars, tubs, and furniture; Check balance and flexibility (stand on one foot and count to 10, practice bend, squat, and turn in circles). Assure annual dilated eye exam.
- Be aware of your surroundings: Increase awareness of where you walk, how clear your home & car access is, removal of fire danger in house and yard, and alertness when in crowds or travel. Assure your wallet and valuables are not accessible to thieves. Be sure neighbor or close family member knows where you are, has an extra key, and is aware of travel and absence schedules.
- Drive with awareness: Do not talk on phone, text, or reach around when driving. Pull off the road to do any of the above. Assure tire pressure, gasoline, oil pressure, and windows are maintained. Know when it’s time to LET SOMEONE ELSE DRIVE!! Talk with family members about changes in health or transportation needs. Always be aware of what and who may be around your car before moving.
- Stay safe in summer heat: Always carry water (AND DRINK IT!!!), carry cell phone when going for hikes or walks & assure someone knows where you are. Exercise in cool of morning or evening. Use that bottle of sun screen on your counter DAILY. Wear sun glasses and hat when out in the heat. HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE in our Arizona climate.
Safety issues can be our number 1 enemy, no matter what our age, stage of life, or level of awareness. Taking a few moments to assess the above mentioned issues, place safety articles within easy access, remind ourselves and others around us of safety issues, and being AWARE may make the difference in a safe, well summer and a disaster.
BE WELL AND HAVE A HAPPY SUMMER!!
Alice Stephenson BSN,RN,PN