Celebrate safety with National Safety Month

national-safety-month-juneLife is full of risks, some of them we can't do much about. Other risks, however, can be prevented with a little knowledge and planning. June has been designated as National Safety Month focusing on ways to reduce some of the leading causes of injuries and death.  Every year the National Safety Council looks at some key topics to promote during the month. This year the focus is on reducing falls, reducing fatigue, looking at the importance of ergonomics and how to respond if you're in an active shooter situation. The idea is to give people the knowledge they need to make good decisions and reduce the likelihood of accidents that lead to injuries or even death.   Here are some tips to kick-start National Safety Month:
  • Falls can lead to serious or chronic injury. Reduce the risk of falling by removing tripping hazards around your home or workplace. This includes electrical cords, clutter and rugs.
  • Use night lights in your home to illuminate walkways to key areas like the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Use non-slip decals or a bath mat to reduce the risk of slipping in the shower.
  • Never lift heavy objects alone, ask for help and remember to lift with your legs.
  • When carrying something that's heavy, hold it close to your body. Never lean or twist.
  • Fatigue causes accidents, so work to limit it by making sleep a priority. Go to bed around the same time every night and avoid using electronics, including televisions and telephones.
This would also be a great time to check your home's smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and make sure your family has an emergency plan in place. To learn more about National Safety Month and get more tips, visit the National Safety Council's website.

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