Time to Focus on Safety at Work and Home
The National Safety Council named June as National Safety Month, which is a time for everyone to take a moment and reflect on increasing safe practices in our daily activities at work, at home, and on the go.
2014's National Safety Month focuses on "unintentional injuries." The National Safety Council states that there are 120,000 deaths annually due to unintentional injuries. Deaths from falls is a leading cause of death, and is particularly suited for workplace safety discussions. Other types of accidents that lead to most of the fatalities are unintentional poisoning and automobile accidents.
Slips, trips, and falls are very common causes of injury. Prevention is key to lowering the amount of injuries sustained, helping to reduce time lost on the job and the staggering fatality rate associated with fall injuries.
Post floor safety signs, cones, and stands in areas where there are spills or trip hazards. These products will alert others while either clean-up or repair is taking place.
To avoid these injuries at home, mop or wipe up spills before continuing on to your next chore. Remind children to clean up toys that are left on the floor and not to play near stairs or doorways where others could trip on them or their toys.
Taking it safe on the streets is also a big concern, especially in June when roads fill up with travelers off for vacation and weekend get-aways. The easiest safety precaution anyone can take is to simply take it slow. Increased speeds greatly increase mortality rates in traffic accidents, so resist the urge to speed around slower moving vehicles.
Another easy method of increasing auto safety - wearing a seat belt. The nationwide Click It or Ticket campaign recently started again this year to actively remind drivers and passengers to buckle up. Wearing a seat belt greatly increases survival rates of accidents and helps other safety devices such as air bags to be more efficient.
There are many things that you can do to help protect yourself, your coworkers, and your family during National Safety Month. Start by taking some time this month and take small steps to a better, safety lifestyle.