June is National Safety Month

The National Safety Council (NSC) has designated June as National Safety Month. This is an annual observance aimed at increasing public awareness of the dangers faced each day — on the highways, in homes and workplaces, and in the community.

Take to the Roadway ~~ Vacation time is just around the corner and that means increased travel on our nation’s roadways. Top priorities:  Buckling up saves a life and avoid distracted driving reduces accidents. Driving safely and taking the proper precautions can mean the difference between having a fun trip and becoming a statistic whether you travel across town or coast to coast. Make your next road trip more enjoyable and safe by getting organized before you leave home. (Click here to read about organizing your car for a trip.)

Home Sweet Home ~~ You can limit the possibilities of disasters and injuries in the home by identifying and removing unsafe conditions. Walk through each room in your home and check for halogen lamps, scatter rugs, slippery floors, worn stair treads, clutter, extension cords that cross traffic lanes, old batteries in smoke detectors, lack of fire extinguishers, worn or ill-fitting shoes and slippers, and other potential trouble spots.

Hike or Bike ~~ Health experts say walking is the best exercise while biking is an enjoyable family activity. Yet, how safe are you? Walk only in safe areas where sidewalks will keep you off the roadway. Be sure every member of the family wears a helmet while biking. Bones can mend and skin abrasions heal, but a head injury is a lifetime affliction.

Whistle While You Work ~~ Getting hurt at work is not pleasant. Do not be complacent and believe that injuries happen in highly unusual or exceptional circumstances. This is not the case. Accidents and injuries occur with carelessness, thoughtlessness and not paying attention. Controlling dangers at work is no different than any other area of your life–recognize the problem and put a solution into place. The most common workplace hazard is slips and trips. A high level of noise causes tinnitus and hearing loss, an occupational hazard in many fields. Illnesses develop from exposure to hazardous chemicals, dust, fumes and bacteria. It is your responsibility to be aware of your environment and take control of making improvement where necessary.

Awareness is the first step in creating a healthy and safe environment at home, at work, at play.

“At the end of the day, the goals are simple: Safety and security.”

Jodi Rell, former Governor of Connecticut