National Safety Council (NSC) exists for one purpose only: To promote health and safety among all residents
of the U.S., at work, at home and on the road. Every June, the NSC asks
Americans to celebrate a month of safety, raising awareness of some common
yet preventable dangers that can pose risks to health and life. In honor
of National Safety Month, here are five quick tips to help you stay safe
Beat the heat and avoid heat-related illness by avoiding prolonged periods in the sun and taking plenty of water breaks.
Check out these tips from the Mayo Clinic on how to avoid heat stroke.
NEVER leave children or pets in an unattended vehicle - even with the windows "cracked," temperatures can soar to
deadly levels in a few minutes.
Be smart about the sun. Use plenty of sunscreen with an
SPF of at least 15 and reapply it throughout the day. Don’t forget your ears, the back
or your neck and your feet. Wear a hat with a wide brim and protect your
eyes with UV-rated sunglasses.
Stay safe on the 4th. Fireworks - even seemingly harmless ones like sparklers - can injure kids
and pets. Plus, pets frightened by the noise and sound of fireworks are
much more likely to run away or become injured on the 4th of July holiday. Practice safety when handling fireworks or
attending displays, and leave your pets indoors with the TV on to mask
Don’t rely solely on lifeguards to keep an eye on your kids at pools or at the beach. Enroll your kids
in swimming lessons when they reach age three.
Want more tips? The NSC website has plenty of free resources; all you have to do is
Here’s a more detailed exploration of Independence Day safety tips:
A July 4th Fireworks Safety Reminder.