National Safety Month 2015

National Safety CouncilThis website is chalk full of free resources for organizations to support National Safety Month in June, even if you’re a tiny company:

“I absolutely love the materials provided for National Safety Month. I’m a department of one and my time is very limited. Using your free resources is like having a personal assistant during the month of June when it comes to celebrating NSM. Thanks for all that you do!”  

Marcy Gonzalez, Human Resources Manager, CCL Tube, Los Angeles, CA

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month

Prevent BlindnessPrevent Blindness America has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month.  The group encourages everyone to consider if the toys they wish to give suits the age and individual skills and abilities of the individual child who will receive it, especially for infants and children under age three.

It’s so easy to get carried away buying gifts for the kiddos that we sometimes neglect to consider the safety of such items.  Over 70% of emergency room visits for toy-related accidents were for children 15 years or younger.  This holiday season (and beyond), please consider the following guidelines for choosing safe toys for all ages:

  • Inspect all toys before purchasing. Avoid those that shoot or include parts that fly off. The toy should have no sharp edges or points and should be sturdy enough to withstand impact without breaking, being crushed, or being pulled apart easily.
  • When purchasing toys for children with special needs try to: Choose toys that may appeal to different senses such as sound, movement, and texture; consider interactive toys to allow the child to play with others; and think about the size of the toy and the position a child would need to be in to play with it. Consult the “AblePlay” website at http://www.ableplay.org/ for more information.
  • Be diligent about inspecting toys your child has received. Check them for age, skill level, and developmental appropriateness before allowing them to be played with.
  • Look for labels that assure you the toys have passed a safety inspection – “ATSM” means the toy has met the American Society for Testing and Materials standards.
  • Gifts of sports equipment should always be accompanied by protective gear (give a helmet with the skateboard)
  • Keep kids safe from lead in toys by: Educating yourself about lead exposure from toys, symptoms of lead poisoning, and what kinds of toys have been recalled; being aware that old toys may be more likely to contain lead in the paint; having your children wash their hands frequently and calling your doctor if you suspect your child has been exposed to lead.  Consult these two websites for more information:  www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/faq/toys.html,  www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002473.htm
  • Do NOT give toys with small parts (including magnets and “button” batteries which can cause serious injury or death if ingested) to young children as they tend to put things in their mouths, increasing the risk of choking. If the piece can fit inside a toilet paper roll, it is not appropriate for kids under age three.
  • Do NOT give toys with ropes and cords or heating elements
  • Do NOT give crayons and markers unless they are labeled “nontoxic”.

For more information:
Call Prevent Blindness America at (800)331-2020 or go to their website: www.preventblindness.org/children/safetoys.html

Fireworks Safety Month

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While fireworks can be a cheerful reminder of warm, summertime weather and fun times; the fact remains that they are still extremely dangerous and should be used with caution and responsibility. To stay safe and have fun, remember:

  1. Do NOT let children play with fireworks.
  2. Only have one adult lighting the fireworks.
  3. Keep a water hose and/or fire extinguisher handy.
  4. Confirm fireworks laws and ordinances.
  5. Carefully read and follow all instructions.
  6. Refrain from alcohol and drug use while shooting fireworks.

For more information on fireworks safety, visit http://www.fireworkssafety.org.

Eight Ways to Safely Exercise in the Heat

Humana’s July 2011 Wellness Watch highlights summer safety this month. Below are some great tips from this newsletter to stay fit and stay safe in the heat!

Summer temperatures are here. In July, we’ll probably see some of the hottest days of the year. When the temperature is high, take care when exercising because it puts extra stress on your heart and lungs. Here are eight things to remember about exercising during the summer.

1. Water, water, water. Staying hydrated is important while exercising in the heat. Drink water before, during, and after exercise. You should drink about two cups of water two hours before exercise, eight ounces of water before going outside, and a few gulps of water every 15 minutes while you’re outside.

2. Avoid the hottest time of the day. The hottest time of the day during the summer is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Try to get out early in the morning or later in the evening if possible.

3. Wear the correct clothing. Wearing lightweight and lightly colored clothing helps you stay cool. Also, wear a hat to keep the sun off your head and sunglasses to help protect your eyes.

4. Wear sunscreen. Sunscreen will stop your skin from burning. Once skin is burned, it makes it harder for your body to stay cool.

5. Acclimate yourself. Go outside for short periods of time to get your body used to the heat. If you’re competing in an event in the middle of the day, slowly work in some training in the middle of the day to get your body used to it.

6. Slow down. Don’t expect to give your best performance when the temperature is in the 90s. Tell yourself it’s OK to take a few extra minutes to complete a 5K race or to take more breaks during games like tennis and basketball.

7. Use your best judgment. If an inside facility is available during extreme heat, use it. You can get a good workout indoors.

8. Know the signs of heat exhaustion. If you find yourself dealing with any of the following symptoms, stop immediately and get out of the direct heat.

  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Cramps
  • Weakness

If you have these symptoms, drink water and place a cool, wet washcloth on your skin. If you don’t feel better in an hour, call your doctor. Enjoy your summer and the hotter months of the year. However, don’t risk your health for an outside workout.

Bottom line: Exercising outdoors in the heat can be dangerous because it puts extra stress on your heart and lungs. It’s
important to take precautions and listen to your body to prevent heat-related illnesses.

Sources:
www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/HQ00316/NSECTIONGROUP=2
www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/exercising-in-the-heat

Disclaimer: This information is not intended as a substitute for medical care provided by your physician or professional care provider. Only your doctor or professional care provider can diagnose and treat a medical condition.

June is National Home Safety Month

Is your family ready for an emergency? Planning ahead can keep you safe if an emergency or natural disaster strikes. During Home Safety Month, Enliven Wellness Works is working with community members to make sure our families and homes are protected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that each family get an emergency kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed of the emergency resources available in their community. Plan ahead. Here are a few simple items you can gather today to prepare for an emergency:

  • At least 3 gallons of water for each member of your family
  • Food for at least 3 days—choose foods that don’t need a refrigerator, like canned fruit, energy bars, peanut butter, and crackers
  • Prescription medicines that you take every day, like heart or diabetes medicine
  • A first aid kit to treat cuts, burns, and other injuries

For some good information on making a family emergency plan as well as some useful online tools, visit Ready America.