JUNE IS NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH
The idea of the National Safety Month is to create awareness and reduce the causes of injuries and deaths at work, on the road, homes and communities.
Here are 3 important topics to improve safety in our lives:
Emergency situations occur unexpectedly, and it’s better to be prepared for the unexpected. Plan for possible emergencies:
- Prepare for natural disasters common to your area (floods, earthquakes and tornadoes)
- Create an emergency kit at home that contains: Water and non-perishable food, flashlights and radio with extra batteries, first-aid kit, whistle to signal for help.
- Create another kit for your car that contains: a spare tire, a tool kit, compass, cell phone charger, a fire extinguisher, triangles and reflective vests, first aid kit, non-perishable food and water.
- Create an emergency plan with your family and learn how to shut off your utilities.
- Participate in emergency drills at work and school, and pay special attention to lessons learned.
- Keep phone numbers of family and friends along with other important documents in a fireproof safe box.
- Learn CPR for children and adults.
Slips and falls:
Slips and falls may not seem serious, but the reality is that they could be deadly. Here are some recommendations:
- Remove objects and cables from the aisles and entrances.
- Install night lights in the bathroom and hallways.
- If any substance is spilled, clean it immediately.
- Place anti-slip adhesives on stairs and bathroom, and tie down rails if you have an older adult at home.
On the street and jobsite:
- Avoid using your cell phone while walking, especially near crosswalks.
- Pay special attention in congested areas, such as airports, malls and areas under construction.
- Avoid walking on uneven terrain or where there are a lot of obstacles.
- When driving, pay special attention to distracted pedestrians; slow down, especially if you are near a school.
Most auto accidents happen because of human error. It is essential that we take these tips into account in order to improve our safety when driving:
- Avoid driving after drinking alcohol or taking medicine.
- Do not use your cell phone, having speaker on speaker is also a factor of distraction.
- Make sure that everyone in the car fastens their seatbelt.
- Never leave your vehicle running if you’re not in it.
- Even if your car has modern security systems, do not trust them 100%, there is no machine that can replace human being reactions.
- Check your car regularly, especially before seasonal changes; rain, snow, and other extreme weather conditions may affect your car.
- Pay attention to warning symbols in your car, they show up for a reason.