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4 Ways to Be Safer

4 Ways to Be Safer

Are you prepared if there is an emergency in your community? The National Safety Council, American Heart Association and American Red Cross have teamed up to sponsor National Safety Month.

These organizations want you to focus on four important safety topics this June:

1. Emergency Preparedness
2. Distracted Driving
3. Poisoning Prevention
4. Falls Prevention

Why?

Emergency Preparedness: “CPR/AED applied within minutes of a heart attack doubles the chance of survival.”

This statistic is reason enough to get trained in CPR/AED (which stand for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automatic external defibrillation), plus the American Heart Association in April of this year began supporting “hands-only” CPR. This eliminates the need to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation as part of CPR. Get CPR/AED trained. Learn more.

Distracted Driving: “Nearly 80 percent of crashes involve some form of driver inattention.”

Driving while using a cell phone is dangerous. It distracts drivers from the activity at hand–driving. More and more states are banning cell phone use in the car unless it is hands-free. Put down the phone and pay attention to the road.

Poisoning Prevention: “Prescription drug overdoses are a leading cause of accidental death.”

Statistically, prescription pills in the medicine cabinet are more dangerous that the chemicals stored under the kitchen sink. Use caution when taking medications. Keep the number for the National Poison Center posted. Know your risk of overdose.

Falls Prevention: “Falls are more common than you think–and the leading cause of death among older Americans.”

Keep walkways and stairs clear. Ensure handrails are in good condition. Consider slip-resistant floor coverings where falls are likely. Take a few minutes to make your home safe from falls.

Read more: Blogs, Health & Safety, Safe Sweet Home

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Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with over 10 years of experience working in the environmental and occupational health field. In addition to writing, he is currently the Environment, Health and Safety Manager for a medium-sized company that has been voted one of Fortune Magazine’s Best Places to Work For and one of CRO Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens. He lives in California with his wife and adopted pound puppy.

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9:09AM PST on Nov 17, 2012

good to think about

5:24AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

9:06PM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

Thanks

3:23AM PST on Jan 6, 2012

Very Helpful

10:00AM PST on Dec 19, 2011

Thanks for the reminders.

2:18AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Thank you

6:32PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

Good information. Thank you!

6:31PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

Good information. Thank you!

12:12AM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

Great article. Thanks for sharing.

5:46AM PDT on May 19, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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