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National Safety Month

 

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June is National Safety Month. Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.

Week 1: Emergency Preparedness

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Emergency situations can happen at any time, making it crucial that you are prepared for the unexpected long before it happens.

Plan for Possible Emergencies

  • Research and prepare for natural disasters common to your area, such as floods, earthquakes or tornadoes.
  • Create an emergency kit for both your home and car
  • Create a home emergency plan with your family and learn how to shut off your utilities
  • Be a good participant in emergency drills at work and school by following instructions and paying attention to lessons learned
  • Store important phone numbers, including those of family members, with other important documents in a fire-proof safe or safety deposit box
  • Learn first aid and CPR for children and adults
  • Know how to respond to an active shooter situation.

Learn more >> Prepare for the Unexpected tip sheet.

Week 2: Wellness

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Did you know chronic sleep deprivation can cause depression, obesity and heart disease? Fatigue is more than just being tired.

 Focus on Your Wellness Each Day

  • 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
  • Find nearby options for exercise classes through your local parks department
  • 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
  • Talk to your doctor about alternatives to opioid pain medications
  • Fatigue is more than just being tired. If you’re missing out on the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each day, you could become sleep deprived and be at higher risk for the negative effects of fatigue.

Learn more >> Prioritize Your Wellness tip sheet.

Week 3: Falls

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Distracted walking is more dangerous than you think. What’s the worst example you’ve seen?

 How to Prevent Falls

  • 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
  • Always wear proper footwear and clean up spills immediately
  • Place non-slip adhesive strips on stairs and non-skid mats in the shower and bathroom
  • For older adults, install grab bars near showers and toilets, and install rails on both sides of stairs – older adults can also take balance classes, get their vision and hearing checked each year and talk with their doctors and pharmacist about fall risks from medication
  • Avoid cell phone use while walking, especially near crosswalks and busy areas

Learn more >> Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls tip sheet

Week 4: Driving

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The National Safety Council highlights that car crashes are the leading cause of death for children. Take a simple step for safety and buckle up. Every ride, every seat.


Avoid Dangerous Driving Behaviors

  • 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 alone in a car and always keep your car locked when not in use
  • If you drive for work, talk with your employer about safe habits – do not take calls while behind the wheel
  • Regularly check your vehicle for recalls

Learn more >> Always Drive Safe tip sheet

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