Safety Month is held nationwide in the U.S. throughout the month of June. In fact, the National Safety Council has several online programs designed to create awareness of some of the dangers we all face—and how to prevent them or react properly to them—in order to keep us safe.
Safety Month—How to Respond
Safety Month teaches people how to respond in several emergency situations. Would you know how to respond in the face of a flood? How about a tornado warning? The National Safety Council provides information on all these topics and more.
Do you have a plan in place in the face of dangers that might find your family separated for a time? Families should have a protocol to follow in the event of a natural disaster. This protocol should include a place to meet as well as a person who lives well away from your home area that all family members can call to ascertain their well-being and their location.
Sadly, these days we must be educated and how to respond to a terrorist attack, too. This facet of national safety has changed the way many people live.
Safety Month—It’s Important to Become and Stay Healthy
Achieving and maintaining good health is an important part of Safety Month. Our bodies are designed to do amazing things, but they don’t live up to our expectations when we don’t do our very best to keep them healthy.
Becoming and staying healthy involves all sorts of things. From the food we eat to the exercise we get, there are important safety precautions that must be taken.
Knowing where your food comes from and that it isn’t laden with chemical preservatives is important to everyone’s health. Eating locally grown produce and meats or poultry that hasn’t been injected with dangerous hormones or antibiotics is a great place to start.
Exercise is imperative to gaining and maintaining good health, but can be dangerous when started blindly. If you’ve never exercised or hardly ever exercised, it’s important to talk with your doctor about what kind of exercise is best and how much exercise you should get. If you’re a long time exerciser, you likely know what works best for you—whether it is walking, running, yoga, or playing a sport. You also know the dangers involved—like injuries and dehydration.
Even the home in which we live is filled with harmful things that can impact our health and well-being. It’s important to clean your home with non-toxic cleaning products, or to hire a maid service that only uses such cleaners. You must also know that the maid service you hire is trained in how to clean properly so that many germs are eliminated from your home, thus ensuring even better health.
Safety Month—What Else Can We Do?
While it’s impossible to list everything we can do to ensure our—and other’s—safety, Safety Month promotes some incredibly valuable tools that everyone should learn. Do you know CPR? If you learned it a long time ago, have you brushed up on your skills? You never know when or where a skill like this could strongly impact someone’s safety.
Do you know how to operate an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)? If one is available and you are in a situation where it could save someone’s life, it won’t do you any good if you aren’t familiar with its usage. Contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross or your local hospital, and ask when and where you can learn to operate an AED.
Are you familiar with basic first aid? The Red Cross can also direct you to classes that teach or help you brush up on your first aid skills. Think well beyond putting bandages on scratches or ice on a bump. First aid skills can save lives, too. Basic first aid teaches how to apply pressure to a wound and how to create a tourniquet to stop profuse and dangerous bleeding.
Promote Safety Month in June
Even if you feel you’re well-versed in many of the aforementioned facets of Safety Month, it’s important to ask everyone you know if they are, too. Children can learn basic safety from the time they learn to talk.
Promote Safety Month in the organizations to which you belong. You might be able to get them on board to host classes in some of these safety skills.
Ask everyone who visits your home—from friends and neighbors to the mailman and the maid service you hire—if they are apprised of the latest comprehensive safety skills.
The more you and your loved ones know about safety, the less you—and those near and dear to you—will suffer unnecessarily, whether it be from separation during a natural disaster or a mishap that causes injury. Making Safety Month an important topic of conversation in your home is an excellent place to start.