What You Need To Know: National Safety Month 2016

It’s time again for National Safety Month. This year’s themes give you tangible areas to look at to make sure you’re being safe at home, work and when you’re out in the world. Keeping your family safe in a sometimes dangerous world can be overwhelming but this  campaign exists to help you take specific areas of safety into consideration. We are also going to share some actions to take this month to celebrate National Safety Month.

  • Stand Ready to Respond: This theme focuses on general readiness. It’s hard to be ready for any possible situation, but there are some things that you can do to be a little bit ahead when it comes to possible emergencies. The easiest way is to get some training to help you think through the best options to deal with emergencies. Start with First Aid and CPR training. There are likely opportunities in your workplace or community to get this training. Make sure you renew it every couple of years so you are up-to-date on your knowledge. You can then identify and start to address emergencies while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive. In your home, you can take steps to be prepared for a medical emergency at home. Being prepared for a natural disaster is also important, and is a topic we cover during September (National Preparedness Month).

Action: Pick one area of readiness to complete this month: Take a First Aid/CPR course, Read “How to be Prepared for a Medical Emergency” OR Make a Disaster Supply Kit

  • Be Healthy: The National Safety Council (NSC) wants you to consider your health in terms of deciding the safest way to take medications. Prescription painkillers, in particular, are something to consider since they come with a high chance of addiction and overdose. With the ever increasing misuse of these drugs it’s important both to be aware of the signs of addiction and to learn to safely store and get rid of these medications after they are no longer needed. Every day, 53 people die from prescription opioid overdoses according to the NSC.

Action: Take a look at your medicine cabinet and sort out-of-date medications and find a place to safely dispose of them.  Find out more from the FDA about “How to Dispose of Unused Medicines.”

  • Watch Out for Dangers: It seems obvious that, to stay as safe as you can, you must be alert. From walking while distracted to paying special attention to kids and older adults, keeping in tune to risks and hazards is important. For older adults falling is a risk and even a leading cause of death according to the NSC. For kids, there are many risks in the home from falls, drowning, heat/flames and unintentional poisonings. The truth is, wherever you go there are different risks. Keep this in mind to keep fun outings fun and not dangerous.

Action: Pay attention to walking while distracted. Take a challenge with a friend or family member to not walk and use your phone at the same time for the month.

  • Share Roads Safely: The last theme of National Safety Month is related to a placee where many people spend a lot of time: The road. Avoiding distractions, not driving while impaired, paying attention to speed limits and not driving while tired are all hugely impactful in how safe the roads are for our families and others. One of the most impactful ways you can affect safety on the roads is helping teens and children to learn about safe driving naturally as they develop and throughout the process of learning to drive. Teach young people to be safe and to drive defensively.

Action: Make sure everyone, regardless of age, is wearing a seatbelt correctly in your car any time you are driving.

We share safety tips  on the blog all year long as a part of our goal to help protect families and all that matters to them.  Subscribe to the Guardian blog by entering your email on the right side of the page and you can stay up to date with these tips.

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