The month of June marks the beginning of National Safety Month organized by the National Safety Council. According to the National Safety Council, "every 4 minutes, someone dies from something that is 100% preventable.” Help spread safety awareness and prevent injury and/or death.
National Safety Month is organized in four weeks, each with a different focus. They are:
- Week 1: Stand up to Falls
- Week 2: Recharge to Be In Charge
- Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters
- Week 4: Don’t Just Sit There
Week 1 starts today, June 1, 2017. Home and work are areas we should feel safe but they often have fall hazards that we do not think of. National Safety Council materials says, "falls are the most common cause more brain injuries.” Double check any medication you are on for side effects that can lead to falls, such as dizziness and drowsiness.
Other tips for preventing falls at your home or work are to remove common sources of tripping, such as:
- Secure electrical and phone cords away from walking areas, such as hallways or in front of your desk
- Use non-skid rugs and be sure to tape them down to prevent rolling
- Keep drawers and cabinets closed when you’re not using them
- Wear proper footwear, paying special attention to outdoor conditions
- Clean up any spills immediately and include warning signage if necessary
- Refrain from walking while distracted - stay focused on your surroundings
- Ensure there is adequate lighting in your workspace
- Don’t carry more than you can handle—large loads can obstruct your vision and affect your balance
Be safe this month and watch nsc.org/nsm for updates and more information.
One Team. One Vision. One Goal. – Everyone Goes Home Safe!