July 3, 2019

National Safety Awareness Month

Pedestrian Safety

According to the National Safety Council's Injury Facts, in 2017, more than 16% of all traffic deaths were pedestrains. Every age group is vulnerable, though 10- to 14-year-olds and 50- to 69-year-olds have 20% or more pedestrian deaths as a percentage of all traffic fatalities. Below are a few safety tips to help you stay safe as a pedestrian:

  • Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible; if no sidewalk is available, walk facing traffic
  • Follow the rules of the road, obeying all traffic signs and signals
  • Cross streets at crosswalks
  • Stay alert - avoid cell phone use and wearing earbuds
  • Wear bright and/or reflective clothing, and use a flashlight at night
  • Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways or backnig up in parking lots

Did you know that over half of distracted walking injuries occur in our own homes? Distracted walking incidents are on the rise, and everyone with a cell phone is at risk. The solution: stop using phones while walking, and not just in crosswalks and intersections.

Summer Safety Tips

  • Beat the Heat - Anyone can be at risk for a heat-related illness. Follow these summer safety tips, like taking extra breaks and drinking lots of water.
  • Bug Safety - Mosquitoes can cause a number of illnesses, including Zika Virus and West Nile Virus. Learn what you can do to protect yourself at work and play.
  • Playgrounds - Emergency departments see more than 20,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related traumatic brain injuries each year.
  • Fireworks - Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades, fireworks displays - and plenty of visits to emergency rooms, especially during July.
  • Water Safety - Drowning caused 3,709 deaths in 2017. The younger the child, the greater the risk.
  • Bicycling - Bicyclists must take extra precautions when they ride. They often share the road with vehicles, but injuries can happen even on a bike path.
  • Skateboarding - Everyone falls, but there's a right way to do it. In 2017, 98,486 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms after being injured skateboarding.
  • Boating - Most boating experiences are positive. However, joyful times quickly can turn deadly if boaters are not vigilant about safety - at all times.

Emergency Preparedness

The National Safety Council offers safety tips specific to each of the following emergencies:

Federal agencies, like Ready.gov, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also are valuable resources for emergency preparedness. The National Safety Council recommends the following general precautions that apply to many disaster situations:

  • Make sure to have a family communication plan in place; all members of the family should review and practice the plan
  • Have all family members' and other important phone numbers written down or memorized
  • Have an emergency kit in your car and at least three days of food and water at home
  • Be sure to store all important documents - birth certificates, insurance policies, etc. - in a fire-proof safe or safety deposit box
  • Assign one family member the responsibility of learning first aid and CPR
  • Know how to shut off utilities

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