Did you know that every four minutes, someone dies from something that is 100 percent preventable? That’s where the National Safety Council comes in. Every June, National Safety Month is observed where the NSC raises awareness for the different risks that are present both at home and at work and how you can keep yourself, your employees/coworkers and/or family safe.
This year’s National Safety Month is all about promoting:
Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury, and oftentimes, preventing falls is as simple as removing any sort of tripping hazards. The NSC recommends using non-skid rugs or rug liners, securing electrical cords, cleaning up any spills immediately and using proper signage to note that a floor might be wet, and more.
One-third of adults aren’t getting enough sleep. And while it may seem like you just don’t have enough time and the only effect a little fatigue will have on you is that you’re a little more tired, you’re actually wrong. Prolonged sleep deprivation has been known to cause an increased risk for obesity, heart disease and depression; plus, it can make you less focused and therefore less productive at work. Make it a point to get the recommended 7-9 hours’ rest every night.
If you’ve been watching the news, you may have become more aware of the threat that active shooters pose. It’s important to know that these situations are often unpredictable and victims are often chosen at random, but there are ways to prepare yourself for this sort of emergency. For one thing, be aware of at least two exits wherever you go. If there is an active shooter and you have the opportunity to flee, the NSC recommends you do so, leaving all belongings behind. If you can’t, hide in a place where the shooter can’t see you. Don’t forget to silence your cell phones and call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so.
About 80 percent of the U.S. population will experience back pain at some point in their life. To help prevent this, it’s important to make sure you are lifting heavy boxes correctly. For one thing, do a couple of quick stretches to prepare yourself, and as we’re sure you’ve heard before, lift with your legs and not your back.
Besides just lifting, if you have a very sedentary job, this can also cause back pain. Make sure you have a good chair that offers proper lumbar support and has arm rests, and make sure you can sit so your feet can rest flat on the floor. It’s also important to take short breaks from looking at the computer screen (every 15 minutes) and actually getting away from your desk and moving (every hour).
To find out more about National Safety Month and about this year’s initiatives, please visit the National Safety Council’s website.