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Summer Safety: It's not All About the Virus

There has been much discussion about safety as it relates to COVID19. As community's work to reopen, it's important to remember workplace and summer safety as well. The National Safety Council recognizes National Safety Month® in June.

Work-related medically consulted injuries totaled 4.5 million in 2017. The top three leading causes of work-related injuries - overexertion and bodily reaction, slips, trips and falls, and contact with objects and equipment - account for more than 84% of all nonfatal injuries involving days away from work. As workers return to workplaces across the country, it's important to have a refresher on workplace safety policies that many have not had to practice in a while.

In addition to workplace safety, it's important to be mindful off the job. According to Injury Facts, 169,936 people died from unintentional injury-related deaths in 2017. Most unintentional injury-related deaths occur off the job, often when least expected - during a vacation, while doing chores at home or while driving across town.

As summer heats up and community pools and beaches open, it's critical to consider water safety. While drowning deaths peak among one and two-year olds, drownings continue to be the second leading cause of preventable death through age 15. According to NSC research, 353 people ages 5 to 24 drowned in 2017. Talk to your children about water safety. That includes talking to teens about alcohol use around the water. According to KidsHealth.org, alcohol is involved in about half of all male teen drownings.

Summer should be a time for family fun. Injuries - on or off the job - can certainly get in the way of having fun. In addition to wearing masks, washing your hands and maintaining social distancing, we hope you'll use the tips and resources below to increase awareness of safety concerns for yourself and the families you serve.

Tips of the Month:

  • Be vigilant with children around water. Distractions can lead to tragedy. Designate an adult to watch the children at pool parties and on the beach, etc. It only takes a few seconds for a child to drown.
  • Get your personal safety snapshot. Take the NSC Safety Checkup to get your personal safety snapshot. Know your risks and learn how you can prevent injuries to yourself and your family.
  • Learn about seasonal safety. Every season has its safety concerns; NSC has detailed those safety concerns as well as provided tips for staying safe. Check out these seasonal safety tips
  • Follow the SafetyFirst blog. SafetyFirst is the official blog of the National Safety Council. From gun violence data to life-saving first aid efforts, keep up with safety trends, safety solutions and safety newsmakers.

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