School’s out, meaning millions of people will be enjoying vacation, travel, or stay-at-home fun—or simply catching up on much needed chores around the house. It also means that construction season is in full swing in New England and across the United States.
All of this activity can be healthy and rewarding, but it also means more possibilities for injury and illness including falls, fractures, overexertion strains, sunburn, animal bites, allergic reactions, biking accidents, and much, much more.
NSC National Safety Month: June 1-30, 2016
To address this, the National Safety Council (NSC), a non-governmental organization, designates June as National Safety Month. Each week, the NSC will be focusing on a different safety topic and free materials are available on their website for the following topics:
- Week 1: Stand Ready to Respond
- Week 2: Be Healthy
- Week 3: Watch Out for Dangers
- Week 4: Share Roads Safely
From the NSC website:
National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads and in our homes and communities.
Safety is no accident. It’s a choice we need to make throughout our entire lives. Whether it’s driving without passengers as a newly licensed teen, finding alternatives to prescription painkillers in middle-age or safety-proofing the bathroom as an older adult, we are all empowered to make safe decisions for ourselves and those we care about.
While we should focus on safety at home and on the job each and every day of the year, the focus on creating awareness one month out of the year promotes discussion and enables you to make safer decisions throughout the other 11 months.
Empowering Yourself to Live Safely—Each and Every Day
As the NSC reminds us, we are empowered to make safe decisions. I like that part- safety is up to each individual, not to be left to chance or to someone else’s decision or action. To address this, we would like to share with you some of our own tips on living safely at work, home, or at play.
Make Evacuation Plans and Conduct Drills at Work and at Home
Check your stock of first aid supplies and other emergency gear such as a flashlight, fire extinguisher, car battery charger cables, emergency reflective gear, and battery power for mobile devices. If anything is missing, replace it immediately. For more information on building a safety kit, visit Ready.gov. Additionally, prepare for any road emergencies by building a roadside emergency kit with tips from DMV.org.
Learn a Safety Skill
Having skills such as first aid, CPR or AED or knowing how to use a fire extinguisher or how to change a flat tire can help better prepare you for the unexpected. Find safety courses on the Red Cross website, or by searching a local community center. If you already have a CPR/AED Certification or some other first aid skill to share, then volunteer to teach a free class for your community. Here’s how to become a NSC First Aid Instructor.
Dispose of Expired, Unlabeled, Unidentifiable, or Unused Medication
Check the medications around the house. Discard any that are long expired, unlabeled or no longer used. Research how to discard such medications properly, and do not just empty them in the sink or toilet. Many fire or police departments have drop-offs for such meds, or find a local prescription drop off location by visiting the Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency Controlled Substance Public Disposal Locations webpage.
Tour Your Place of Business, Home or Summer Retreat for Hazards
Are there tripping hazards (loose carpet or floor boards, unmarked step-ups), sharp edges or corners on furniture, appliances, or other items? Are tools in good shape? Are liquid containers properly closed and labeled? Are items secure on shelves or in closets so they won’t come crashing down? Are storage units properly anchored so they won’t fall?
So Much to Safeguard, So Little Time
Your safety checklist may seem long—but don’t just sit there, do something! Even one activity to protect your family or coworkers can create a ripple effect on the overall safety at home or on the job, and it could even energize you to continue completing more tasks.
Looking for ideas? NSC provides FREE, downloadable resources highlighting a different safety topic area each week. Use them yourself, and share with co-workers, family members, and friends.
There probably are many more safety resources available to you already at your work, home, or town. Check your workplace or community center for planned activities, and if nothing exists, start something yourself!!
Remember, never leave safety up to another person. Let’s help each other out— and then everyone benefits from safety.
Acadia Insurance is pleased to share this material with its customers. Please note, however, that nothing in this document should be construed as legal advice or the provision of professional consulting services. This material is for general informational purposes only, and while reasonable care has been utilized in compiling this information, no warranty or representation is made as to accuracy or completeness.