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Tips to Stay Safe Wherever You Are

Staying safe no matter where you are doesn’t happen on its own. It takes conscious effort and planning to ensure you and your family are protected no matter where you are.

We’ve put together a list of the most common hazards and how to avoid them to help keep you and your family safe.

Staying Safe at Home

Your home is supposed to be your safe place, somewhere you can relax and enjoy your family. But, ensuring it remains the haven, you always dreamed of takes a lot of behind-the-scenes work and planning.

These are the top causes of household injuries

  • Poisoning, including accidental drug overdose
  • Falls
  • Drowning
  • Burns

Here are some easy ways for you to help prevent accidents around your home:

Preventing Poisonings

  • Keep all cleaning products out of reach of small children and pets. If possible, keep these items in a locked cabinet
  • Never put cleaning solutions or other chemicals in unlabeled containers. Always keep them in their original packaging or a clearly labeled container
  • Keep all medicines out of children’s reach
  • Ensure an adult is present whenever a child, elderly or disabled person takes their medication to ensure proper dosing
  • Check the plants in your garden and make sure none of them are poisonous
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Preventing Falls

Falls are the second leading cause of preventable fatal accidents and remain the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in the U.S.

  • Use barrier gates on stairs to prevent small children from falling
  • If you have toddlers at home, avoid using bunk beds
  • Rearrange furniture to ensure you have proper walkways around your home
  • Remove clutter from hallways and entryways
  • Invest in non-slip mats and rugs to prevent accidental slips
  • Install grip rails and non-slip mats in the bathroom
  • Tuck electrical cords away from any walkway in your home
  • Make sure walkways in and around your home have proper lighting
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Preventing Drownings

Accidental drownings are a leading cause of death in children ages 1-4.

  • Stay with your children when they are in or near water, including bathtubs and pools
  • Install a fence around your pool and keep it locked
  • Remove all toys from the pool area to prevent children from trying to reach them and accidentally falling into the water
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Preventing Burns

  • Keep hot items such as pots and pans in the kitchen, hair curlers, and irons well back from the edge of the stovetop, bathroom counter, tables, and ironing boards
  • Turn pan handles away from the edge of the stove
  • If you have small children around the home, it’s better to use placemats instead of tablecloths
  • If possible, try to have short or curly electrical cords that won’t dangle from the side of the furniture
  • Install a hot water tempering valve to prevent accidental burns in the bathroom and kitchen
  • Keep children away from open fires and grills
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Staying Safe at Work

A safe work environment requires clear guidelines and practices and a team effort to communicate, adhere to, and continuously improve safety standards within the workplace.

The top reasons for work-related injuries involve:

  • Exposure to harmful substances or environments
  • Overexertion and bodily reactions
  • Slips, trips, and falls
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Preventing Work-Related Injuries

As per the National Safety Council (NSC), harmful substances and environments in the workplace include electricity, noise, radiation, temperature extremes, air and water pressure changes, oxygen deficiency, contagious and infectious diseases, and stressful or traumatic events.

Safety tips:

  • Immediately report unsafe conditions
  • Keep your work area clean and clutter-free
  • Always wear protective gear when required
  • Be aware of your surroundings, look for spills, electrical cords, and other items that can cause a fall
  • Follow all safety protocols when using machinery, and only use them for their intended purpose
  • Stay hydrated
  • Practice good posture when lifting or sitting for extended periods
  • Take regular breaks
  • Never take procedural shortcuts as this can compromise your safety and that of others

Staying Safe While at Play

Playgrounds and sports fields are ideal for children to make friends, develop social and physical skills, and get some much-needed outdoor time. However, they can also be familiar places where kids get injured.

Most Common Injuries During Play

  • Broken bones (fractures)
  • Sprains and strains
  • Concussions
  • Internal organ injuries
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Safety Tips

  • Always have an adult supervising children’s play
  • Ensure your kids only use age-appropriate playground equipment or practice a sport that is suitable for their age and physical condition
  • Teach your children the proper use of all protective gear
  • Make sure their shoelaces are tied and their footwear fits properly
  • Survey the playground for potential hazards, including broken glass, sharp-edged objects, rusty or broken playground equipment, tree stumps, or protruding rocks
  • Teach your children to play nice and never to push, shove, or hit their playmates
  • When possible, pick a playground with shock-absorbing surfaces such as sand, mulch, and synthetic turf

Safety is at the top of our priorities; together, we can help minimize the risks surrounding us daily. But no matter how careful we are, accidental injuries happen. When they do, you can count on Altus Emergency Centers to be there to care for you and your family.

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Simple Ways to Prevent Burns and Scalds

Simple Ways to Prevent Burns and Scalds

This year’s Burn Awareness Week theme is Burning Issues in the Kitchen! The purpose of Burn Awareness Week is to raise awareness of the potential dangers of burns accidents at home or the workplace.

How Big is the Problem?

The American Burn Association estimates that close to 486,000 Americans receive treatment for burn-related injuries every year.

  • 3,275 people die every year due to fire and smoke inhalation accidents
  • Burn-related injuries result in 40,000 hospitalizations
  • Scalding is the most common cause of burn injuries in children aged four or younger, accounting for close to 200,000 yearly injuries
  • Close to half of all scalding accidents are due to spilled food or drinks. The other half is the result of scalding tap water or contact with hot objects such as irons, heaters, and stoves
  • An estimated 15,000 children need hospitalization each year for burn-related injuries
  • About 1,100 children die every year from fire and burn injuries

Simple Ways for to You to Prevent Burns and Scalds at Home

Reduce Water Temperature

If you have a water heater at home, check the settings to ensure the water temperature is below 120°F.

The ideal bath water temperature is around 100°F, making sure you always test the water temperature of your shower or bathtub before allowing your child to go in.

Establish No Zones for Your Small Children and Pets

Teach your children to keep a safe distance from the stove, fireplace, grill, space heaters, and radiators.

If you have small children or pets, consider blocking access to the stove and laundry room while cooking or ironing.

Never leave a small child unattended in the kitchen or a room with a fireplace, heater, curling iron, or iron, and always keep these hot devices out of children’s reach.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Test Food Temperature Before Feeding Infants and Small Children

Avoid heating a baby’s bottle in the microwave as the milk might heat unevenly. Additionally, always shake the baby bottle to ensure the contents have an equal temperature and test before feeding your baby.

If you are feeding your young child solid foods, avoid using metal utensils as these can become very hot and scald your child’s mouth.

Avoid Hot Spills

Keep hot drinks and food away from counter or table edges where your child can reach them. Likewise, avoid using tablecloths or placemats that children can pull on and accidentally scald themselves.

When cooking, make sure to position pot handles facing inward towards the rear of the stove. Use the back burners when possible to prevent someone accidentally bumping into it and spilling hot contents.

Avoid cooking, drinking, or carrying hot foods or beverages while holding a child in your arms.

When to Go to The ER

First-degree burns typically don’t require medical attention. However, if you notice blistering and the injury is painful, this is a sign of a deeper burn, most likely second-degree. Third and fourth-degree burns are severe burns, and often the victim doesn’t experience much pain because the burn has damaged the nerves.

If you think you or a loved one suffered third-degree burns, call 911 immediately. Failing to get prompt medical assistance can result in complications including infections, dehydration, nerve damage, shock, and sepsis, a life-threatening condition.

You should rush to the ER if:
  • The burn is on your face
  • The size of the burn is larger than three inches
  • The burn is a result of an electrical shock
  • The pain is progressively getting worse
  • You develop a fever
  • Your injury has a foul smell, or if there is pus oozing from it

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is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

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Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

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