June is National Safety Month
June 4th, 2015
RI & MA Accident Attorney Celebrates National Safety Month
June is National Safety Month. This annually celebrated event focuses on reducing the leading causes of injury and death in the United States and helps bring awareness to common safety hazards. From workplace injuries to home accidents and accidents on the road, everyone should practice safety year round.
To help spread the message, the National Safety Council creates a theme each year. This year they will be focusing on “What I Live For” in hopes people will remember what they live for as a reminder of why they need to stay safe.
You can stay safe all June too (as well as year-round) by implementing a few safety tips in your daily routine.
Staying Safe at Home
Home is supposed to be the safest place for you and your loved ones, but there are many potential safety hazards lurking about that you may not realize. A few things you can do to keep safe include:
- Install carbon monoxide detectors in hallways and sleeping areas.
- Double check your home’s smoke detectors and do an annual test and battery replacement.
- Lock up firearms in an approved gun safe and keep them away from children.
- Make sure stair railings are secured.
- When cooking, practice kitchen safety. Keep an eye on boiling pots of water, keep small children out of the kitchen, and place knives in a safe place.
- Check the temperature on your water heater and turn it down to a safe temperature to reduce the risk of scalding.
- Wear the proper gear during recreational activities, such as a helmet while riding a bike.
Staying Safe at Work
Workplace injuries happen in every industry. While some of these injuries are out of your control, there are things you can do to keep yourself safe while you report for duty.
- Be alert and attentive at work – especially if you work in a high-risk industry, such as construction.
- Wear the proper clothing for the job.
- Wear personal protective equipment if required.
- Clean up spills and wet flooring right away to prevent any slip and fall injuries for other workers and/or customers.
- Ensure employees are properly trained for their jobs and host a semi-annual or annual training seminar to teach employees essential safety at work.
- Keep work areas clean and tidy and remove all clutter or debris from the floors.
Staying Safe on the Road
When you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, you do not anticipate getting in a car accident. Thousands of Americans are involved in motor vehicle accidents each year, and some of these accidents can turn fatal. While you cannot control the other drivers on the road with you, you can ensure you are driving safely.
- Leave texting and talking for later. Distracted driving is quickly becoming one of the deadliest actions on the road and by leaving your cellphone in your purse or pocket, you can help reduce the risk to others.
- Always wear your seatbelt and make sure small children are properly buckled in before driving away. If you do not know how to secure your car seat, visit your local police or fire department for instructions.
- Do not drive tired – drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving.
- As you go to parties and BBQs this summer, make sure to have a designated driver and never get behind the wheel after drinking.
Contact the Bottaro Law Firm about Your Injury Case
Attorney Mike Bottaro helps injury victims throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Whether you suffered a slip and fall injury or you were involved in a motor vehicle accident, contact Mike to discuss your case today.