June is National Safety Month! Sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC), National Safety Month is celebrated each June and aims to bring national attention to accident prevention. During National Safety Month, the NSC teaches Americans about safety risks and how to prevent injuries and accidental deaths. It seeks to draw attention to health risks and common safety both in the home, in the community, at the workplace, and on the road. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 31 million emergency department visits each year for unintentional injuries. Some of the most common accidental injuries and deaths at home are caused by falls, poisoning, fires and burns, airway obstruction, and drowning and submersions in water. This year, National Safety Month will focus on the theme "What I Live For" and engaging in safe behavior so everyone can live for what matters most to them. The NSC asks everyone to share their stories about what they live for, and will also be providing resources like tip sheets, posters and safety checklists to encourage safety wherever we are. National Safety Month will focus on many important topics, including prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, ergonomics, emergency preparedness, and slips, trips and falls. Visit the NSC website to share the organization's safety materials with your family, friends, employees and co-workers. Here are some ways you can practice safety during National Safety Month, as well as all year long:
- Keep aisles, stairs and walkways clutter-free. Wipe up spills, pick up dropped objects and keep cabinets and drawers closed when not in use.
- Apply non-skid floor coatings and slip-resistant mats where falls are likely to happen. Walk slower and take smaller steps on wet or slippery surfaces.
- Inspect ladders before and after using them.
- Wear the proper footwear to reduce your risk of falling and injury.
- Wear safety shoes and clothes and protective gear, such as safety googles, when handling hazardous materials or performing chores.