June is National Safety Awareness Month

Jun 07 2016

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Safety in our homes, at our jobs, and in our communities is not to be taken lightly. Each year, thousands die in our country due to occupational hazards, traffic accidents, and accidents related to home and community. Join Rapid Restoration in supporting National Safety Awareness Month by reading more on the National Safety Council‘s website, and doing your part to create a safe living and working environment for everyone. Here’s a few tips for home, work, and on the road.

Home Safety

According to data from 2011, poisonings took over motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. As such, it’s very important to be aware of home cleaning products, carbon dioxide, and over-the-counter drugs- the most common kind of poisoning. How do you stop accidental poisonings? The first step is prevention. Here are few questions to get you thinking about your living space.

  • Is radon gas finding it’s way into your home?
  • What about Carbon Monoxide? Install a carbon monoxide detector and replace batteries in current ones to prevent fatalities.
  • Lead poisoning is still in paint and pipes in homes built before 1978. Are you at risk?
  • Where do you store household products? Under the sink, like most? Are your cabinets toddler-proof?

Answers and more information on these topics, here: Prevent Poisoning and Drug Overdose

In addition to poisoning, traffic accidents, falls, chocking and suffocation, fires, drowning, and natural accidents caused the majority of well over 130,000 deaths in 2014. Take a second to learn more about each type of accident and tell your family about it.

Work Safety

While most of us believe that the workplace is becoming safer, the truth is it isn’t. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of workplace fatalities increased in 2014 for the first time since 2010, totaling 4,454. The breakdown is as follows:

  • 4,454 were men and 367 were women
  • Most were between 45 and 64 years old
  • Among industries most affected were construction (899 deaths), transportation and warehousing (766), agriculture (584), government (435), professional and business services (425) and manufacturing (349)

What can you do to prevent injury and death. Here are few ideas from the National Safety Council.

If you have questions about safety at your workplace, speak up. Talk to a manager, supervisor, or HR to get the proper education an resources to safely do your job, protect those around you, and return home.

Driving Accidents

It’s largely a misconception that hands-free cellphone technology has led to a decrease in distracted driving. We may think that because it’s hands-free, we become less distracted. Studies done by the NSC conclude that drivers remain just as distracted during a call, and well after the fact. They remind us that the point of cordless or wireless cellphone technology is about convenience, not safety.

When we think of driving accidents, our mind automatically jump to alcohol-related incidents. While driving under the influence is the leader source of fatal accidents, it’s not the only danger on the road. Distracted driving is nearly as dangerous, and is very serious. Vehicle accidents claimed more than 35,000 lives in 2014.

How can we prevent distracted driving?

  1. Put the phone away. Nothing can be more important to your commute than your safety and the safety of others.
  2. As the driver, make passengers keep noise level down to limit distraction.
  3. As a passenger, do everything you can to make driving an easy, distraction-free zone.
  4. Don’t put headphones in while driving. You may not be able to hear a car signaling at you.
  5. Don’t do any serious eating while driving. If you need to stop and eat, stop and eat.
  6. If you’re feeling drowsy, pull over. There’s no reason to put yourself, and others, at risk.

While not accidents can be avoided, most can. Do your part to make your home, community, car, and workplace safe. Rapid Restoration is happy to help get your home up to a higher standard, removing mold, lead, and other hazards that could lead to injury and fatality. Learn more about our home restoration services.

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