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June Is National Safety Month

May 29, 2012

The National Safety Council is encouraging businesses and communities across the country to participate in National Safety Month this June – an annual observance to increase awareness of the top causes of preventable injuries and deaths and to encourage safe behaviors. Free materials, including posters and tip sheets, are available at nsc.org/nsm to help spread important safety messages.

Each week in June will highlight a different leading cause of unintentional injury and death:

Summertime Safety – In addition to the safety themes below, the summer season traditionally is a time of increased unintentional injuries and fatalities.

Preventing Overexertion – Overexertion is the third-leading cause of unintentional injuries treated in emergency departments. The most common injuries are strains and sprains, especially of the lower back.

Teen Driving Safety – Promoting teen driving safety is crucial to keeping our roadways safe. Each year, more than 5,500 people are killed in crashes involving teen drivers. Victims include teen drivers, their passengers, occupants in other vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls – Falls are one of the nation’s leading causes of unintentional injuries treated in emergency departments. Adults 55 and older are more prone to becoming victims of falls.

On the Road, Off the Phone – Motor vehicle crashes remain the nation’s leading cause of unintentional death. A major contributing factor is distracted driving. NSC estimates 23% of all motor vehicle crashes involve cell phone use behind the wheel.

Certain weeks in June have additional materials available, including free online training. Visit nsc.org/nsm for the full list of offerings. National Safety Council members have access to more materials and webinars, which delve deeper into safety issues that affect the workplace.

The National Safety Council (nsc.org) saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

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