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June is National Safety Month

  • June 25, 2019

It’s better to be SAFE than SORRY, and that’s exactly why June is National Safety Month.

Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44.   The good news is each of us can take steps today to make our lives and the lives of our families and communities safer.

Whittier Street Health Center is committed to spreading the word and raising awareness during National Safety Month.  Together we can greatly reduce and even prevent injuries from happening.

Here are a few things to consider when evaluating how you can live safer:

  • Poisonings: Nine out of 10 poisonings happen right at home. You can be poisoned by many things, like cleaning products or another person’s medicine.

Safety tip: Add the poison control number (1-800-222-1222) to your cell phone.

  • Transportation safety: Doing other activities while driving – like texting or eating – distracts you and increases your chance of crashing. Almost 1 in 6 crashes where someone is injured involves distracted driving.

Here in Boston transportation safety also includes bikes, and pedestrian safety.

Always look both ways and don’t anticipate a vehicle will stop for you (even if they should).

  • Slips, trips, and falls: One in 4 older adults falls each year. Many falls lead to broken bones and other health problems.

About half of all falls happen at home.  Here’s a few things to check to make your house safe: Keep objects off stairs, Fix loose or broken handrails, Clean up excessive wires and cords, Keep lights easy to reach and working!

This June, we encourage you to take a moment and think about the safety risks you encounter at home, at work or when traveling, and what you can do to reduce or eliminate the threat of injury.

Here at Whittier Street Health Center we have many programs to help you live a safer life – here’s a few:

  • “Matter of Balance”, a program for seniors dedicated to fall prevention strategies, education, and exercise!
  • Free Bike Helmets for our pediatric patients to encourage bike safety!

 

For more information, visit www.WSHC.org or call 617-427-1000 .

 

A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).