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0 Comments | Jun 11, 2018

National Safety Awareness Month

Safety First There Is No Substitute SignObserved annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and at home. To spread awareness, safety month is categorized by different weeks that address the different aspects of health and safety:

Emergency Preparedness

The first week is meant to help individuals, families, and businesses prepare in case of an emergency. For example, if you live in an area that is prone to tornadoes, you should have a “go bag” ready in case you have to evacuate in a hurry. Don’t know what a go bag is? It’s simply a bag you pack in advance with items that are useful in emergency situations, such as a flashlight, canned food, water, extra clothes, and blankets.

Wellness

The second week addresses individual wellness and takes a deep look at dieting, sleep habits, and drug use. By prioritizing your wellness, you can decrease fatigue while simultaneously improving your overall health. The National Safety Council (NSC) gives several suggestions that will help you focus on your daily well being, including taking the stairs instead of the elevator, choosing healthy snacks, and getting regular medical checkups. This week is also for serious contemplation of drug use. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), poisoning (i.e. drug overdoses) is the leading cause of unintentional-injury related deaths for all ages.

Falls

The third week aims to prevent slips, trips, and falls. Falls, no matter the height, can be deadly. In fact, behind poisoning and motor-vehicle accidents (see below), falls are the third leading cause of unintentional deaths. According to the CDC, workplace falls are so serious that they cost businesses an estimated $70 billion annually in workers’ compensation and medical costs. This is why monitoring Safety Awareness signs is important. You can prevent falls at home and at work by removing clutter, wearing proper footwear, cleaning spills immediately, and avoiding the use of cell phones while walking.

Driving

The fourth week focuses on improving driving safety. While modern cars are filled with safety features that protect the driver, motor vehicle accidents remain the second leading cause of unintentional deaths. In order to ensure you and your family are safe while on the road, drivers should never leave a child alone in the car, avoid impaired or distracted driving, and regularly maintain their vehicle.

While June is National Safety Month, it’s important to keep safety front and center throughout the year. In order to maintain best safety practices, proper education and other preventive measures should be exercised.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.nsc.org/pages/nsm-public-materials

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/falls/default.html

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/accidental-injury.htm