June is National Safety Month and while Hancock Injury Attorneys stresses the importance of car safety, we want you to be safe in every aspect of your life. There are so many situations in which we have no control, but being more aware of your surroundings and doing little things to prevent accidents can be immensely helpful.
Each week in June has a main safety focus. The First week was “Stand Ready To Respond” which focused on knowing what to do immediately after an accident. This included the importance of becoming CPR and first aid trained and the importance of knowing or keeping emergency numbers on hand if an emergency arises. This includes the non-emergency number, poison control hotline, animal control and more in addition to 911.
Week two, focuses on being healthy. Many preventable deaths are a result of prescription opioid overdoses. There are other alternative medicines that are safer to use. It is also important to remember to keep medicine out of the reach of children and understand the effects of medicines interacting.
Watching out for sudden dangers is the focus of week three. This includes reminders to secure furniture to avoid tip-overs, which is especially prevalent with more and more stories coming out every month about toddlers being injured or killed by falling furniture. This week also focuses on fall-proofing the houses, and bathrooms specifically, in houses of the elderly. It is also important to remember to actually pay attention to where you are walking or going and not being distracted by a phone.
Finally, week four is about an issue close to our hearts. Americans are reminded to share roads safely. This is especially important for new teen drivers as car accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers, as well as aging Americans as health conditions affect driving drastically.
The National Safety Council has many useful resources on their website including a Safety Checkup Tool that lets you check how safe you are and what to look out for depending on your age, gender, occupation and location. National Safety Month isn’t the only time to stay up to date with the latest best practices, for more safety resources read the Hancock Injury Attorneys blog for various articles on car safety, slip and fall safety and more!