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For Immediate Release,
5/19/2010
Contact:
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307
kathy.lane@nsc.org
 
 

NSC Encourages Businesses and Communities to Get Involved and Help Prevent Injuries

Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council is encouraging businesses and communities from coast to coast to get involved this June and participate in National Safety Month – an annual observance to increase education about the top causes of preventable injuries and deaths and encourages safe behaviors.  

Each week’s theme during National Safety Month will bring attention to a critical safety issue.

Week 1: Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention
June 1-6
25- to 44-year-olds are more likely to die from an unintentional drug overdose than any other age group. The culprit: over-the-counter and prescription medications. Discover pain killing in America.
 
Week 2: Teen Driving Safety
June 7-13
A classroom worth of teens dies each day in motor vehicle crashes. Graduated Driver Licensing, a system that gives novice drivers gradual exposure to driving challenges, helps parents keep their teen drivers safe. Receive the tools you need to help protect teens.
 
Week 3: Preventing Overexertion at Work and at Home
June 14-20
More than 3.5 million overexertion injuries occur in the United States. Overexertion injuries comprise about 40 percent of on- and off-the-job injuries. Back injuries can mean a great deal of pain and days away from work. Learn ways to protect yourself and prevent overexertion. 
 
Week 4: Dangers of Cell Phone Use While Driving
June 21-27
NSC estimates 1 in 4 motor vehicle crashes is caused by drivers using cell phones. Distractions behind the wheel put motorists, passengers and others at risk. Find out how to avoid distractions behind the wheel and encourage others to do the same.
 
Week 5: Summer Safety
June 28-30
Stay safe and have fun this summer by avoiding hazards the summer months bring, such as heat-related illnesses. Gather the information you need to keep those you care about safe throughout the summer.
 
To learn more about National Safety Month and download free materials, visit nsc.org/nsm.
 
The National Safety Council (www.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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