Check Storage Areas During National Safety Month (Judy Schambach, Risk Management Division) by fairfaxcounty published on 2014-06-16T14:35:22Z According to Judy Schambach, loss prevention analyst, Fairfax County Risk Management Division, every four minutes someone in the U.S dies from an unintentional injury.That’s 120,000 people a year or sixty-seven percent of all injury-related deaths in the United States. These statistics are not just numbers; they are our family members and co-workers. This year’s National Safety Month emphasizes: Safety: it takes all of us, and is a call for everyone to make simple changes to prevent tragedy by increasing awareness of your surroundings. Take time to look at your surroundings this month – here are some examples: • Look for and replace carpets and mats that are worn and can cause a tripping hazard. • Replace missing bricks or repair holes in walk paths that could cause someone to trip and fall. • Look at your storage areas at home and work. Are they cluttered? Take a few minutes to clean up kitchen cabinets which may be overstuffed with cans and boxes or heavy items such as food processors or blenders that could fall and hurt someone. Do the same cabinet check at work and look for potential hazards. • Make sure you wear the proper safety gear when you are outside, including goggles, non-slip work boots, and gloves when mowing the lawn, trimming bushes or other yard work. The cost of unintentional injuries to Americans and their employers is staggering, exceeding $793 billion nationally and is paid in the form of insurance premiums, medical costs, property damage, lost wages and productivity. Let’s observe National Safety Month and make simple changes to avoid unintentional injuries.