The National Safety Council is observing National Safety Month this month,
and is working to raise awareness of accident prevention at home, on the
road, and in the workplace. Thousands of people are injured every year
by preventable accidents. Learn how you can help prevent these accidents
and protect others around you with these tips.
Preventing Accidents at Home
Homes should always be a safe environment, but there are many hidden dangers
that can cause injuries to anyone, from small children to elderly people.
You can increase the safety of your home with a few easy steps and by
practicing some good habits. Prevent common injuries with these tips.
- Ensure all stairs around the home are well-lit and have sturdy handrails
- Mop up puddles and prevent them from forming with absorbent rugs under
sinks, showers, and bathtubs.
- Pick up clutter that may pose a tripping hazard, such as toys, shoes, or bags.
- Make sure all loose wires or cords are secured and covered.
- Lay non-slip padding under all rugs, and ensure that they lay flat.
- Place non-slip mats in bathtubs and showers.
- Check your yard for tripping or slipping hazards, such as mud, ice, loose
boards on decks or porches, broken pavers, and tree roots.
- Always supervise children in the kitchen, around fireplaces, and when near
BBQs or fire pits.
- Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove to prevent them from being
- Never place hot dishes or drinks near the edge of tables or surfaces, or
on table cloths that can be pulled on by children or pets.
- Never burn candles unsupervised, and always place candles away from flammable
materials and out of the reach of children and pets.
- Lower the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to
- Never swim alone, or allow children to swim unsupervised.
- Install a sturdy fence with self-latching gates around your pool.
- Require young children or poor swimmers to wear life vests around the pool.
- Enroll your children in swimming lessons or Infant Self-Rescue lessons.
- Close the lid of your toilet or the bathroom door when not in use.
- Never leave children in the bath unattended.
- Always place open containers of fluids out of reach of children.
Prevent Accidents on the Road
Driving can be dangerous, but you can help prevent accidents. The three
leading causes of fatal accidents are alcohol, speeding, and distracted
driving. Learn how you can reduce the chances of becoming involved in
a car accident.
- Reduce distractions by waiting until you are stopped to answer messages
or make calls, change your music, or program your navigation.
- Never drive after drinking or using drugs. Even prescription medications
can make you drowsy or dizzy, so look for warning labels on your medications.
- Learn defensive driving habits to help you avoid accidents.
- Always drive at speeds suitable for the conditions. This means slowing
down for poor weather, nighttime, or other situations that can make it
difficult to drive.
- Leave adequate space between you and the car in front of you. You should
follow the 3-second rule. When following another vehicle, count the time
it takes you to pass a stationary object after they have passed it. If
it takes less than 3 seconds, increase the distance between your car and theirs.
- Practice driving with your teens, and talk to them about the consequences
of speeding, using a phone, driving while drunk or drugged, and driving
while distracted. Slowly allow your teen more and more freedom as they
become more experienced drivers.
Preventing Accidents at Work
Workplace accidents can be expensive for employers and employees. Here
are some tips to increase workplace safety and prevent injuries and workers’
- Dress appropriately for your work place. Wear any necessary safety equipment,
such as safety glasses, gloves, braces, or helmets. If you are on your
feet, prevent strain by wearing appropriate shoes.
- Be alert while working.
- Don’t rush through your work.
- Always follow directions and protocols to ensure that you are working safely.
- Always obey emergency drills and procedures.
- Insist on proper training for dangerous tasks.
- If your employer is violating safety regulations or failing to provide
necessary training or safety equipment, don’t hesitate to file a
complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
- Keep a tidy workplace. Prevent injuries by keeping floors free of tripping
or slipping hazards, cleaning work spaces, and appropriately organizing
and storing tools, supplies, or other equipment.
Focus on building safe habits in all areas of your life to protect yourself,
your family, your coworkers, and others around you from injuries. Learn
more about National Safety Month on the
National Safety Council website.
If you’ve been injured in an accident,
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