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    Keep Each Other Safe

    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | June 4th, 2017

    Keep Each Other Safe

    As the National Safety Council (NSC) points out, safety is no accident. It is a choice we need to make each and every day. Preventable injuries are the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S. right after heart disease, cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease and we all can make a difference.

    June is National Safety Month and the theme this month is ‘Keep Each Other Safe’. The NSC has a lot of great information and will be highlighting a different safety topic for each week in June.

    Week 1: Stand Up to Falls – Falls in the home are one of the leading causes of injury-related death in the U.S., second to poisoning.  Some examples of things that you can do to prevent falls are:

    1. Secure electrical and phone cords away from walking areas, such as hallways or front of your desk
    2. Keep drawers and cabinets closed when you are not using them
    3. Clean up spills immediately
    4. Don walk while distracted – no texting and walking- stay focused on your surrounding
    5. Place a non-slip math both inside and outside of the tub

    Week 2: Recharge to Be in Charge (Focusing on Fatigue) – 1 in 3 adults do not get enough sleep. We need proper sleep to recharge your stamina, face the day and avoid injuries at home and at work.  Most adults need between 7 – 9 hours of sleep every day.

    Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters – Always be aware of your environment. Locate the nearest two exits in any place that you visit.

    Week 4: Don’t Just Sit There (Focusing on Ergonomics) – About 80% of Americans will experience a back problem at some point in their lives. You can prevent lower back pain by staying healthy and active. Carrying extra weight and smoking can make you more susceptible to back injuries.

    These are just a few things highlighted at the NSC. For more information, you can sign up to get detailed information about what to do each week.

    Like last year they are offering the NSC First Aid, CPR, & AED Online Course free when you register between June 1 and 11, 2017. Availability is limited. Click here for more information. You might be the one that save someone’s life.

    They are also offering a Free Webinar: Preventable Death on June 22, 2017. You must register to participate. For more information, click here.


    Source: National Safety Council

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