This Month it's About Safety Off the Job
Who doesn't get excited when the sun is shining and the temperatures climb? There's no better feeling than getting out on the water or joining friends for a barbecue.
But National Safety Council data show
July is actually the deadliest month of the year when it comes to preventable deaths; car crashes, drownings and extreme temperature-related deaths peak in July. So, as you map out your summer activities, please be sure to make safety part of the agenda.
Leave the Fireworks to the Experts
Since July 4 falls on a Tuesday this year, some workers might actually be able to enjoy a welcome four-day weekend. But if you plan to partake in fireworks displays, the National Safety Council recommends grabbing a blanket and letting the professionals handle the show.
about 11,500 people required medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Learn about the risks associated with sparklers, bottle rockets, firecrackers and other explosives, and how to enjoy the holiday safely.
Not including boating incidents, on average about nine people die from drowning every day in the U.S. In fact, it is the second leading cause of death for people age 5-24. Of the 3,400 drownings in 2014, more than 12% were age 4 and younger, according to
Injury Facts 2017.
Swim lessons don't make children "drown-proof," but it's a good start when it comes to water safety. Learn what other steps you can take to
keep each other safe near water.
Boating and Water Sports
If you're anywhere near a lake this summer, chances are boating will play a major part in summer fun. But a good day on the water can turn tragic very quickly if a passenger falls overboard, or a boat capsizes or collides with another boat or object. In 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard counted 4,158 boating incidents that resulted in 626 deaths, 2,613 injuries and about $42 million in property damage.
The top causes of boating deaths? Alcohol use, excessive speed, improper lookout, lack of driver experience and operator inattention.
Learn more about boating and water sport safety.
Deadliest Days on the Road
The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the deadliest of the year on U.S. roads, with teen drivers most at risk.
Teens' biggest threat year round is the vehicle sitting on your driveway; crashes are the #1 cause of death for teens. But during the summer, those deaths peak due to more time on the road, more friends in the vehicle and a host of other factors.
Vehicle fatalities are on the rise for all age groups for the first time in a decade. About 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016, and about 4.6 million were injured. Let those numbers sink in.
Please take a moment to look at these NSC resources for drivers, which are valuable any time of year:
Bugs Hate You; They Really Do
Bugs are nasty.
Ticks, mosquitoes and bees all pose a health risk during the summer months because they can carry diseases – and sting you.
Ticks carry agents that can cause Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease and a host of other ailments – some of which can cause paralysis or even death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers
this advice for stopping ticks.
Mosquitoes are not much better. Zika, West Nile Virus and Meningitis all are transmitted by mosquitoes. Reduce the threat with
these safety tips from NSC and
Bee stings for some people are just a nuisance, but for others they can be deadly.
Take steps to prevent getting stung.
Keep the Fire in the Grill
Every year, fire departments respond to an average of 8,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues that cause an average of 10 deaths, 160 injuries and $118 million in property damage, according to the
National Fire Protection Association. The leading causes of these fires are:
- A dirty grill
- Grilling too close to something that can catch fire
- Leaving the grill unattended
- Gas leak
NFPA offers tips on grilling safely, and you can find information on food safety at the