June is National Safety Month
JUNE IS NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH!
Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities. This year, the National Safety Council is focusing on four main areas each week during the “No 1 Gets Hurt” Campaign throughout the month. These include: emergency preparedness, wellness, falls, and driving. Learn more about each area of safety below:
Week 1 –
Emergency Preparedness: Emergency situations can happen at any time, making it crucial that you are prepared for the unexpected long before it happens.
• Research and prepare for natural disasters common to your area, such as floods, earthquakes or tornadoes.
• Be a good participant in emergency drills at work and school by following instructions and paying attention to lessons learned.
• Learn first aid and CPR for children and adults.
• Stock Emergency Kits for your home and car to help you prepare for the worst. Items such as food and water for each family member for three days, as well as a can opener, nonperishable foods, battery-powered flashlight, radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, blankets, etc. may all be helpful in an emergency.
Week 2 –
Wellness: We ask a lot of ourselves each day, and over time this can put a strain on our own wellness. Try these tips to help improve your wellness at every stage of life.
• Take the stairs instead of the elevator or go for a walk at lunch to work physical activity into your daily schedule.
• Take advantage of workplace wellness programs and choose healthy snacks each day.
• Take breaks throughout your day to refresh your body and mind – if you sit for long periods, stand up and stretch for a few minutes at a time.
• Get regular medical checkups, such as an annual physical and age-appropriate tests – ask a professional about the right tests, exercise and nutrition choices for your physical fitness and age.
• Avoid chemicals that affect sleep; caffeine, nicotine and alcohol can all contribute to sleep problems.
Week 3 -
Falls: We may not consider slipping at home or tripping on the sidewalk to be serious risks, but they can be deadly. Falls are the third leading cause of unintentional-injury-related deaths for all ages and the number one cause of death for those 65 and older. Take these simple steps to prevent falls both at home and in your community:
• Remove clutter, including electrical cords and other tripping hazards, from walkways, stairs and doorways.
• Install nightlights in the bathroom, hallways and other areas to prevent tripping and falls at night.
• Place non-slip adhesive strips on stairs and non-skid mats in the shower and bathroom.
• Avoid cell phone use while walking, especially near crosswalks. Pay special attention in busy areas, such as airports and shopping centers, and even your own house – more than half of distracted walking incidents happen at home.
• When driving, look carefully for pedestrians distracted by their phones – slow down and pay special attention.
Week 4 –
Driving: We all believe ourselves to be safe drivers, yet up to 94 percent of motor vehicle crashes involve human error. Follow these tips to help stay safe on the roads. Avoid Dangerous Driving Behaviors Prevent injuries on the road by keeping your focus on the driving task:
• Avoid impaired driving, whether by alcohol, lack of sleep or drugs, including over the counter and prescription medication.
• Avoid cell phone distracted driving, including hands-free.
• Practice with your teen drivers and teach them to avoid distraction.
• Make sure all occupants are properly secured in age-appropriate restraints.
- Never leave a child or pets alone in a car and always keep your car locked when not in use.
To get additional safety information and materials, visit the National Safety Council website at:
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