June Is National Safety Month: What Can You Do to Stay Safe?
In an effort to increase citizen safety, the National Safety Council has declared June to be National Safety Month. The organization runs an annual campaign that focuses on a variety of topics to improve awareness for best safety practices at home, work, and on the road. Every year, preventable incidents result in serious injuries and claim the lives of many. By actively seeking ways to be safer in their everyday actions, people can significantly reduce the risk of this happening to themselves or someone they love.Each week of National Safety Month is dedicated to a new subject that can help people live happier, healthier lives. This year’s agenda focuses on the following issues:
Stand Up to Falls
Slip-and-falls cause numerous injuries and deaths each year. According to Injury Facts 2017, a report put together by the National Safety Council, more than 33,000 people died in 2015 as the result of catastrophic injuries sustained in a fall. To decrease the chances of a slip-and-fall, it’s recommended that people use non-skid rugs, keep cords tucked neatly away, clean up spills immediately, and make sure their homes are equipped with adequate lighting.
Recharge to Be in Charge (Focusing on Fatigue)
Being fatigued compromises safety in many ways people don’t realize. Sleep deprivation makes it difficult to focus on activities that would otherwise be routine. Most often, fatigue negatively impacts the ability to drive safely and complete work-related tasks, resulting in injuries. People need a certain amount of sleep every night to remain alert and aware during the day.
Prepare for Active Shooters
Active shooters have become an increasingly common occurrence in recent years and have left hundreds of innocent bystanders severely harmed. While it may be impossible to prevent this type of situation from happening, active shooter drills will teach those who find themselves in danger how to respond appropriately to minimize the risk of injury.
Don’t Just Sit There (Focusing on Ergonomics)
Ergonomics in the workplace has a significant effect on the health of a body. Employees who sit for much of their workday should take initiative to be more active throughout the day; and learn how to properly lift and reach for items to put as little strain on the body as possible.
It’s an unfortunate reality that no matter what you do to keep yourself and your loved ones out of harm’s way, the irresponsible actions of others can still cause accidents and injuries. If you find yourself in this type of situation, our New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., can provide counsel on the steps to take next. Oftentimes, you will have the right to seek compensation for your damages. Contact our office at (609) 240-0040 to discuss your case.
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