There are about 340 million occupational accidents and 160 million victims of work-related illnesses annually. An estimated 156,300 preventable injury-related deaths occurred in homes and communities, or about 78% of all preventable injury-related deaths.

Safety Resources

It’s time to repair broken steps, clean out the medicine cabinet, and install lighting in dim hallways – June is National Safety Month. This event, which brings national attention to accident prevention, is sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC), a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Safety is more critical than ever, and the National Safety Council remains committed to saving lives and preventing injuries, from the workplace to anyplace.

June is National Safety Month. Given the current state of the world, this annual recognition will look a little different than in past years.

NSC will provide real-time, relevant resources on pressing topics, including mental health, ergonomics, building a safety culture and more. Visit to learn how you can get involved and access free materials.

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Safety Tips

The National Safety Month site provides a list of tips for protecting against accidental falls, both at home and at work, as well as specific tips for aging adults, including:


Clean Up

Aisles, stairs and walkways should be clutter-free; spills should be wiped, dropped objects picked up and cabinet drawers closed when not in use.

Use Rugs

Use non-skid throw rugs to reduce chances of slipping on linoleum.

Exercise Regularly

The stronger the body, the more likely a person is to sustain a fall with minimal injury.


Inspect ladders before and after every use.


Be Careful On Stairs

Use handrails in stairways; take one step at a time and report or repair broken stairs or loose stair coverings.

Slippery Steps

Apply nonskid floor coatings and slip-resistant mats where falls are likely. Slow down and take small steps when walking on a wet or slippery surface.

Wear Proper Footwear

Athletic shoes greatly reduce the risk of falls among the elderly. The risk of falling increases if in stocking feet or barefoot.


Keep Items Close

Store frequently used items in easy-to-reach areas.

National Safety Month: Honor Your Safety Hero

June is National Safety Month. When safety is on the line, we turn to our safety hero. To celebrate the 25th anniversary, we invite you to recognize a safety professional – or anyone who inspires you to be safe – with a donation to NSC. Go to