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For Immediate Release,
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307

Summer starts with safety
National Safety Council promotes summer safety this National Safety Month

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 these summer safety tips for protection from the sun and water:
  • 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 Additional materials are available for NSC members to promote summer safety.
NSC thanks National Safety Month sponsors Grainger and Toyota for their commitment to safety.
About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council,, 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.
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