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For Immediate Release,
5/31/2013
Contact:
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307
kathy.lane@nsc.org
 
Taking steps to safety
National Safety Council promotes prevention of slips, trips and falls this National Safety Month
 
Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council on June 2 will launch its Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls week as part of National Safety Month, an annual observance to educate and encourage safe behaviors around top causes of preventable injuries and deaths. The week-long effort will provide information the public can use to make their homes safe from common hazards.
 
Falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional death in homes and communities. With summer weather providing a perfect opportunity for home improvement, proper ladder setup and usage can help prevent slips and falls at work or home.
 
Ladder safety tips:
  • Choose the right ladder for the job and make sure you have received training on how to use it properly
  • Check the area you will be working in for hazards, such as cords or objects in the walkway
  • Don’t stand any higher than the third rung from the top of a ladder
  • Do not use ladders outdoors in windy or inclement weather, and if the weather turns while you are on it, descend immediately
  • Always keep at least three points of contact with the ladder (i.e., two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand)
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 the prevention of slips, trips and falls.
 
NSC thanks Grainger for being a Safety Champion of National Safety Month and the exclusive sponsor of Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls week.
 
About the National Safety Council
Founded in 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.
 
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