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June National Safety Month

National Safety Council

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Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. But many injuries can be prevented when people practice safe behaviors.

Make a difference: Spread the word about strategies for reducing the risk of injuries. Encourage communities, workplaces, families, and individuals to identify and report safety hazards.

How can National Safety Month make a difference?

We can all use this month to raise awareness about important safety issues like:

  • Prescription drug abuse
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Being aware of your surroundings
  • Distracted driving
  • Staying safe in the summer heat

Everyone can get involved in reducing the risk of injuries. Together, we can share information about steps people can take to protect themselves and others.

How can I help spread the word?

We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference! This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:

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Get the Word Out

  Sample Tweets

It’s National Safety Month! Check out these tips on how to use medicines safely: http://1.usa.gov/1bzfttb

1 in 20 people has used prescription painkillers for a nonmedical reason. Learn more about this growing problem: http://1.usa.gov/1e2fvvR

Check the expiration date on your medicines. If they are out-of-date, get rid of them! Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1lcrk7y

About half of all falls happen at home. Use this prevention checklist to stay safe: http://1.usa.gov/qCVfbm

Each year, 1 in 3 adults age 65 and older falls. Take steps to prevent falls: http://1.usa.gov/Xln77u

Riding bikes is a great way to get active. Follow these steps to stay alert and safe: http://1.usa.gov/1e2fXKq

Texting while driving is unsafe, and it might be illegal in your state. Look up your state’s distracted driving laws: http://1.usa.gov/NUO3K0

Safety tip: Write down the poison control number (1-800-222-1222) and keep it next to your home phone. Add it to your cell phone, too.

Health Tip: Learning first aid can be fun. Sign up for a local first aid class with a family member or friend: http://rdcrss.org/1oFU5M8

All types of jobs – even desk jobs – can lead to injuries. Take steps to stay safe at work: http://1.usa.gov/YAR6GC

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Get Involved

Take action to increase awareness about safety issues.

  1. Partner with a local high school to host an information session on the risks of distracted driving.
  2. Encourage your employees to celebrate 100 years of safety by making a safety pledge.
  3. Sign up to receive free National Safety Month materials.
  4. Invite a nurse or someone from your local public health department to speak about preventing slips, trips, and falls.
  5. Host a speaker series at your local library with public health and safety experts to discuss safety in your community.

Adapted from The National Safety Council.
For more information and materials, contact the National Safety Council at info@homesafetycouncil.org.

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