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HSC Congratulates Senator Kohl for His Leadership in Designating September 22, the First Day of Fall, as National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

The Home Safety Council, the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to preventing injuries that occur in and around the home, applauds today’s designation of National Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

Senate Resolution 276 was introduced by Chairman Herb Kohl of the Senate Select Committee on Aging and we would like to thank him for his leadership role and Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Michael Enzi (R-WY), Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and Patty Murray (D-WA) for cosponsoring the legislation.

The National Falls Prevention Awareness Day Resolution comes at a critical time when each year, one in three Americans age 65 and older falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2007, 1.9 million fall-related injuries were treated in hospital emergency departments and about 492,000 of those treated were subsequently hospitalized.

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