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Posted: June 14, 2018 2:46 p.m.
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Prevention is key to summer safety

Many injuries and deaths that occur each year are preventable. During the month of June, National Safety Month, it is an opportunity to highlight some important roles we all have, not only for our own safety but for our family, friends, and colleagues. This year’s theme, “No 1 Gets Hurt,” expresses this idea in a big way. Each of us can play a part in helping to prevent unnecessary injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, and in our homes and communities. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the National Safety Council, are combining efforts to help spread the word about safety. These efforts are to encourage discussion and participation over the month of June and with hopes of a continued ongoing dialogue amongst each other. The top four safety topics identified by the joint organizations include the following:

•Emergency Preparedness – Disasters won’t wait. Emergencies can happen at any time. Create an emergency kit for both your home and car. Take action now to create your emergency plan. 

•Wellness – 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. Do you? Missing out on the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep each day, could place you in a high risk category for injury and the negative effects of fatigue on your health. Take steps to obtain the sleep your body requires to function at its optimal level. 

•Falls – The third leading cause of unintentional injury related deaths for all ages and the number one cause of death for those 65 years of age and older are falls. Even more alarming are injuries occurring to those who are distracted while walking and talking on cell phones. Distracted cell phone usage has caused more than 10,000 serious injuries over a 10 year period according to the Journal of Safety Research. 

•Driving – Human error has been found to be the cause of 94 percent of motor vehicle crashes. Exercising good driver behavior can help you, and others stay safe on the road. Seat belts saved nearly 15,000 lives in 2016. Buckle up on every ride.  

Additional safety topics to discuss with your family, friends, and colleagues include: boating and water safety, proper grilling and food handling, use of helmets with bicycle or motorcycle riders, skin protection from sun exposure, proper handling of fireworks, and an awareness of stinging insects and poisonous plants. So go ahead, start the conversation about safety. Let’s all aim to do all we possibly can to assure “No 1 Gets Hurt.”  If you would like more information, please contact Winn Army Public Health at 435-5071. 

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