Itasca, IL – 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 – June 1 to 4
In addition to the safety themes below, the summer season traditionally is a time of increased unintentional injuries and fatalities. Find fact sheets on a variety of summer safety topics.
Preventing Overexertion – June 5 to 11
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 – June 12 to 18
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 – June 19 to 25
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 – June 26 to 30
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.
Unintentional injuries and deaths in the United States are at unacceptable levels, demonstrating the need for a national observance such as National Safety Month. Unintentional deaths reached an estimated 128,200 in 2009. The 2009 estimate – the highest on record – is 47% greater than the 1992 total of 86,777 – the lowest annual total since 1924. The cost of unintentional injuries to Americans and their employers exceeds $693 billion nationally, or $5,900 per household.
NSC thanks all of the National Safety Month sponsors, including FirstGroup America, Toyota, State Farm, AECOM, JLG/LiftPod and PDA for their commitment to safety.
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.