June 2000 - Volume 3 - Issue 4
A fatal injury occurs every 6 minutes and a disabling injury occurs every 2 seconds, according to the National Safety Council. Every year, unintentional injuries kill more Americans between the ages of one and 44 than any other cause including cancer, heart disease and stroke. In an effort to promote public awareness and ultimately decrease the number of injuries and deaths, the National Safety Council has designated June as National Safety Month.
"The single greatest point we want to make is that all Americans can take steps to reduce their risk of injury," said Jerry Scannel, president of the Council. "Through National Safety Month the Council is working to save lives and eliminate injuries in the home, at work, at play and on the highways."
Scannell noted that medical expenses, property damages, employer costs and other expenses related to these injuries and deaths cost Americans an estimated $500 billion each year.
Communities, businesses, educational institutions, and individuals nationwide are being encouraged to participate in the effort by holding a community event or working with their local law enforcement agencies, firefighters and other public groups. Originated by the National Safety Council, this June will be the fifth annual observance of Nation Safety Month. Each of the four weeks of June will focus on a different area of safety.
Carbon Monoxide Hazard
Carbon monoxide is the number one cause of fatal gas poisoning in the United States, but it is also the most preventable. Avoid the carbon monoxide hazard by having your fuel-burning system professionally tested. Install carbon monoxide detectors as a safeguard. For more information, visit www.nsc.org or call 1-800-SAFE HOME for your free home safety booklet and checklist from Lowe's Home Safety Council.
Millions of sun-worshipers will flock to beaches and pools this summer in search of the perfect tan. But many will return home with a painful sunburn. Excessive sun-baking can also cause long-term skin damage.
The National Safety Council reminds you to use sunscreen with an *SPF (Sun Protection Factor) that matches you skin type. Apply sunscreen about a half-hour before you go out and again after you've been in the water. The skin cancer foundation suggests that you avoid tanning between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the sun's rays are strongest.
(*Editor's note: SPF describes the increased allowable time of sun exposure before your particular skin type burns. For example, SPF4 means that you can expose yourself to the sun four times longer without burning. For children it is generally recommended you use an SPF of 15 to 30 and apply it every 20 to 30 minutes spent in the sun.)
Independence Day Safety
Travel Smart - Whether traveling near or far, remember to buckle your safety belt. Nearly 15,000 lives could be saved each year if everyone used safety belts. Also, take your time getting to your destination - it's better to arrive late than not at all. And, don't drink and drive. Use a designated driver if you plan to drink.
Watch Out for the Other Guy - You may not drink and drive this Fourth of July, but you can't control the "other guy." Watch for these signs of possible drunk driving:
Firework Safety - As Independence Day approaches, many Americans are stockpiling up on fireworks. But they may not realize that more than 11,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries each year. It is strongly recommended you avoid home fireworks displays, since they can cause permanent eye damage and disfiguring burns. But in an effort to prevent injuries to users and bystanders, if you do use fireworks, please follow these safety guidelines:
National Safety Council - 1121 Spring Lake Drive, Itasca, IL 60143-3201. Excerpted from: www.nsc.org/news/nr0522ps.htm
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