Preventable injuries are on the rise, and with spring underway, the progression into a new season can bring increased safety concerns. A quick refresher of some simple safety measures is a good way to prevent accidents and injuries this season.
As winter winds down and spring starts, we all become more active, from youth sports to outdoor activities to planting crops. And, increased activity can also mean increased safety concerns. Awareness and prevention are key to avoiding an accident and a resulting injury. Here are some important points to remember when it comes to accident prevention:
- Always be aware of your surroundings and potential risks.
- Wear protective gear when necessary. For example, eye injuries are a leading cause of blindness in adolescents, but this risk can be minimized with protective eyewear.1 If you’re participating in activities, such as spring sports, or are working outdoors, be sure to wear any necessary helmets, gloves or gear.
- Slow down. Accidents are more likely to happen when we’re in a hurry, and by simply slowing down, you can protect yourself from a potential accident or injury.
- Learn about skills that can help save lives, such as first aid and CPR. American Red Cross CPR classes take just a few hours, but the skills you pick up can help you respond during an emergency. Find a class in your area.
An Unexpected Accident Can Be Costly
We never think it will happen to us, but minor and serious accidents are more common than we might think. And, according to the National Safety Council, preventable injury-related deaths have increased year-over-year, including by 9.4 percent from 2015 to 2016. 2
As you evaluate your family’s healthcare plan, take a moment to estimate the potential out-of-pocket costs of an accident and how you would cover those expenses. An accident protection supplemental insurance policy, like those marketed by Platinum, can help pay for insurance deductibles, co-pays, medical bills and other unexpected costs, such as possible lost wages, after an accidental injury. That way, you can focus on recovery—not expenses.
1 Beaugh, Kristina. Gearing Up for Spring Sports. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. March 16, 2017. https://www.hhs.gov/blog/2017/03/16/gearing-spring-sports.html.
2 Injury Facts. National Safety Council. Retrieved on April 4, 2018, from http://injuryfacts.nsc.org/all-injuries/overview/.
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