Sunday, June 3, 2012

National Safety Month

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By Akindman

Each week in June will highlight a different leading cause of unintentional injury and death:

Summertime Safety – June 1 to 4
In addition to the safety themes below, the summer season traditionally is a time of increased unintentional injuries and fatalities. Find fact sheets on a variety of summer safety topics.

Preventing Overexertion – June 5 to 11
Overexertion is the third-leading cause of unintentional injuries treated in emergency departments. The most common injuries are strains and sprains, especially of the lower back.

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Teen Driving Safety – June 12 to 18
Promoting teen driving safety is crucial to keeping our roadways safe. Each year, more than 5,500 people are killed in crashes involving teen drivers. Victims include teen drivers, their passengers, and occupants in other vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls – June 19 to 25
Falls are one of the nation’s leading causes of unintentional injuries treated in emergency departments. Adults 55 and older are more prone to becoming victims of falls.

On the Road, Off the Phone – June 26 to 30
Motor vehicle crashes remain the nation’s leading cause of unintentional death. A major contributing factor is distracted driving. NSC estimates 23% of all motor vehicle crashes involve cell phone use behind the wheel.

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