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Prevent Injury in 2018 – Take Time to Evaluate & Set Up for Success

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This quote, originally used to discuss fire safety, applies in all personal injury situations. It is always better to prevent an accident from ever happening than to try to recover from injuries or illnesses. Our team of San Jose personal injury lawyers want to help you make 2018 the year of complete health and safety by focusing on injury prevention. Take a bit of time now to ensure your success for the entire year. You’ll thank yourself later!

Make That Doctor’s Appointment

Are you like most people who put off going to the doctor year after year? You might feel strong and healthy, but it’s still a good idea to get regular physicals. Seeing your doctor for a routine checkup can help you prevent health problems, learn more about yourself, and ultimately save money on your health in the future. It might feel inconvenient to schedule an appointment when you’re feeling fine, but it’s worth it if it helps you prevent colds, the flu, or more serious illnesses such as preventable types of cancer.

Take Your Vehicle for a Checkup, Too

You and your vehicle have a lot in common – both systems require regular maintenance for optimal performance. Preventive maintenance can make a world of difference in how efficiently your vehicle operates, and how much money you spend on repairs. Take your car in for services as often as your owner’s manual recommends (typically every three months or 3,000 miles). Get your oil changed, fluids checked, and tire pressure checked. A little maintenance could prevent a dangerous breakdown or car accident on San Jose roadways later in the year.

Check Your Home’s Detectors

Did you know the U.S. Fire Administration recommends testing your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at least once per month? The Administration states that three in five home fire fatalities happen because the houses didn’t have working fire alarms. Working smoke detectors cut your risk of dying in a home fire in half.

Check your detectors once per month, replace batteries twice per year, and replace the entire device once every 10 years. Make sure you have a smoke alarm in each bedroom and on every level of the home. Carbon monoxide detectors go in central locations outside of sleeping levels, and one per level of the home. Consider scheduling a home heating inspection to further decrease your risk of house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Build Emergency Safety Kits

An emergency safety kit is one of those things you’d rather have and not need than need and not have. Building emergency kits for your home and vehicle can make all the difference when it matters most. Keep a vehicle emergency kit stocked with items you could use if you get stranded – bottles of water, snacks that won’t perish, a first aid kit, basic repair tools, a flashlight, a blanket, and a radio or extra cell phone with extra batteries. Create a separate kit for your home, with items such as:

Don’t go another year without doing your best to prevent injuries and illnesses. Some of the best things you can to prevent injuries are also some of the simplest. It doesn’t take much effort to prep yourself, your home, and your vehicle for the worst. A little prevention can go a long way. If you have experienced an injury, our San Jose accident attorneys at Henshaw & Henry, PC are available to help with a free consultation.