Sunday, June 03, 2007

Home Safety Month Focuses on Top 5 Hazards

A home safety program ...

"According to research from the nonprofit Home Safety Council (HSC), home injuries result in nearly 21 million medical visits and 20,000 deaths on average each year. To increase home safety awareness among families across the nation, HSC in June plans to unveil its annual “Hands on Home Safety” campaign during Home Safety Month.

Throughout the month of June, HSC will offer an expanded suite of resources and educational opportunities that encourage the public to take action and follow a few simple steps to create a safer home environment from the five leading causes of injury – falls, poisonings, fires and burns, choking/suffocation and drowning.

“Issues like falls and home fires can affect any family. This year's 'Hands on Home Safety' campaign is focused on the key actions families need to take to protect against the most common home safety hazards,” HSC President Meri-K Appy said. “The Home Safety Council urges families to make a few simple changes now to create a safer home environment and reduce serious injury risks year-round.”

The “Hands on Home Safety” theme is incorporated in all Home Safety Month activities and materials, including educational posters and brochures, interactive games and downloadable home safety checklists in both English and Spanish."    (Continued via Occupational Hazards)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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