June is National Safety Month

Is it a coincidence that National Safety Month is in the same month as Men’s Health Awareness? Considering that men often avoid the doctor’s office unless it is absolutely necessary, I am not sure the planning of the months to coincide was an accident. 😉

In addition, the National Safety Council (NSC), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of safety in a variety of settings, is taking part in spreading awareness this month to help decrease the number of preventable accidents.

Accidents are unplanned events that happen at all times of the day and take place everywhere. Injuries can occur while in bed, kitchen, garden, driveway, vehicle, at work and just about any place we (people) happen to be present. 

Here’s a list of common accidents and helpful tips to help prevent any future accidents. 

Home: Common accidents at home involve falls, burns, cuts, and safety issues. When it comes to safety at home, be sure to follow these important tips:

  • Medicine and chemicals out of reach of children. If an accident involving poison happens, call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.
  • Consider the use of a smoke and carbon dioxide detector. Be certain to check your smoke and carbon dioxide detector batteries routinely.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher near your kitchen and make sure it’s easily accessible.
  • Create an evacuation plan in case a fire were to occur.
  • Clear hallways and walkway areas of loose rugs and other tripping hazards. Falls are extremely common and often result in injury, especially for those who have difficulty walking.
  • If you have children, make sure they are staying safe and wearing the recommended safety equipment when playing outdoors, indoors, or during any sporting activity. Some of the equipment needed include helmet, goggles or wrist guards. It’s important for parents to provide the equipment and to model safety habits in front of their children.
  • When children are near water, there should always be adult supervision. Children should wear the appropriate safety equipment recommended for water activities.

Work: Injuries may occur while at work if an employee doesn’t follow the recommended guidelines. Work safety usually involves the employer working with employees to maintain their safety and protection.

  • When at work, follow the company’s guidelines. Those measures are put into place for a reason.
  • Wear protective gear when it’s required or when working with small objects that can hit your eyes.
  • Wear gloves if handling bodily fluids or food.
  • Wear the required uniform.

During the month of June, take time to reevaluate the tips mentioned, as well as other safety hazards around your home, work and drive. After reviewing the tips, be sure to sit down with your family to review and enforce. 

Additionally, if you are interested in taking safety to the next level, the NSC is offering a free NSC First Aid Course this month. You must register by June 30, as availability is limited. The course takes 45 days to complete but the training will last a lifetime. Please review the NSC website for more information about the course and safety in general. 

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