National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month

Week 1 2017
This year, the National Safety Council is working to raise the awareness of what it takes to Keep Each Other Safe - focusing on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.

Each week in June highlights a different safety topic:

Week 1: Stand Up to Falls

Week 1 2017

Eliminate tripping hazards

Prevent falls at home – and at work – by removing the sources of tripping:

  • Secure electrical and phone cords away from walking areas, such as hallways or in front of your desk
  • Use non-skid rugs and be sure to tape them down to prevent rolling
  • Keep drawers and cabinets closed when you’re not using them
  • Wear proper footwear, paying special attention to outdoor conditions
  • Clean up any spills immediately and include warning signage if necessary
  • Refrain from walking while distracted – stay focused on your surroundings
  • Ensure there is adequate lighting in your workspace
  • Don’t carry more than you can handle – large loads can obstruct your vision and affect your balance

Week 2: Recharge to Be In Charge (Focusing on Fatigue)

Week 2 2017

Getting good sleep

To be alert, well-rested and at your best, follow these tips:

  • Get 7-9 hours of sleep every day
  • Create and follow a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake-up at the same time every day – even on weekends.
  • Eliminate unnecessary light
  • Keep your bedroom temperate – neither hot nor cold
  • Make sure your bed and pillow are comfortable and support restful sleep
  • Avoid eating right before bed
  • Remember that bedtime is for sleeping, not reading or watching TV
  • Avoid using electronic devices before bed which can inhibit sleep

Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters

Week 3 2017

Responding to an active shooter situation

Active shooters can appear in public places such as movie theaters and shopping malls or in private workplaces. No matter where you are, remain as calm as possible and remember:

  • Be aware of any possible danger in your environment
  • Identify the two nearest exits
  • If you can flee, do so immediately – leave belongings behind
  • If you cannot flee, hide in an area where the shooter can’t see you
  • If you are behind a door, try to lock or block entry to it
  • Silence electronic devices
  • As a last resort, try to incapacitate the shooter. Keep moving and be distracting. In close range situations, fighting increases your chance of survival.
  • Call 911 as soon as you can do so safely.

Week 4: Don't Just Sit There (Focusing on Ergonomics)

Week 4 2017

Lift safely

Prevent strains, dislocations and muscle tears. When lifting, make sure you:

  • Stretch and warm up before you perform any lifting
  • Keep your back straight and bend your knees – remember to never twist or bend your back
  • Are on solid ground with your feet shoulder-width apart
  • Keep the box or object close to your body
  • Lift with your legs, not your back
  • Limit the amount of weight you carry – separate boxes or make two trips instead of carrying more than you can handle
  • Ask for help to carry heavy, bulky or large loads
  • Keep pathways clear of tripping hazards
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