Itasca, IL – As part of National Safety Month, the National
Safety Council urges the public to take safety into consideration this summer. National
Safety Month is an annual observance to educate and encourage safe behaviors
around top causes of preventable injuries and deaths.
Summertime brings pool parties, barbeques and
sunny days at the beach. Unfortunately, it also brings new dangers. About 1.3
million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year and, in
2010, drowning claimed the lives of 3,600 people.
- Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 30 or higher;
reapply after swimming, toweling dry or perspiring
- Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Don’t underestimate the power of
water; even rivers and lakes can have undertows
- Never leave a
child alone near water: on the beach, at a pool or in the bathtub
Numerous resources on staying
safe in the heat can also be found through OSHA's nationwide Heat Illness Prevention Campaign. The campaign aims to raise
awareness, and teaches workers and employers about the dangers of working in
hot weather. Media resources, training information and educational pieces and
more can be found on their campaign website.
During National Safety month, the Council is calling on
organizations, communities and the public to help share this information and
encourage safe behaviors. Posters, tip sheets and crossword puzzles are
available for free download at nsc.org/nsm.
Additional materials are available for NSC members to promote summer safety.
thanks National Safety Month sponsors Grainger and Toyota for their commitment
About the National Safety Council
1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a
nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries
and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through
leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by
partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public
in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving,
workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.