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June is National Safety Month

All of June is National Safety Month, and it allows us to focus on ways to help prevent unnecessary injuries at work, on the roads, and in our homes and communities. Preventable injury-related deaths increased by 16% in 2020 and another 11% in 2021. Preventable injuries remain the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. This month, we encourage you to think of at least one change that you can make to improve the safety of yourself and those around you.

Emergencies can happen anytime, making it essential to be prepared for the unexpected, including natural disasters, fires, active shooter situations or chemical or gas releases. Participating in workplace drills and training courses can help you be better prepared. With violent acts on the rise, knowing how to respond is valuable information.

In an emergency, being trained in first aid is one of your best assets against harm. WCH offers Heartsaver/First Aid/AED combination courses to train individuals on what to do in an emergency until professional help arrives. View upcoming classes and register online at WoodCountyHospital.org/classes.

At home, having a family emergency plan in place is important. Putting together emergency kits for your home and car is a simple way to keep yourself and your family safe.

Home kits should include the following:

  • Nonperishable food and water
  • Battery-powered flashlight and radio
  • First aid kit
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape for broken windows or leaking roof

Car kits should include the following:

  • Tool kit and duct tape
  • Battery-powered flashlight
  • Nonperishable food and water
  • Properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench, tripod jack and jumper cables
  • First aid kit
  • Reflective triangles, vest and rain poncho

Learn more tips at:https://www.nsc.org/community-safety