June is National Safety Month

With summer fully underway, June is the perfect month to talk about safety. During the winter months, we worry about ice and snow, slips, falls and frostbite. In the summer months, we need to be very away of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Here are some tips from the National Safety Council on how to better prepare yourself and your family in the event of an emergency. At the end of the article is a list of supplies for putting together a first aid kit. It’s helpful to have a kit in the house as well as in the car as you never know where you might be when you need it.
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For more information visit the National Safety Council (http://www.nsc.org/pages/home.aspx)

Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages, and the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. When people practice safe behaviors, they can help prevent injuries – and even death.

Make a difference: This month, spread the word about strategies for staying safe. Encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved. We can all use this month to raise awareness about important safety issues like:
• Slips and falls
• Workplace and employee safety
• Emergency preparedness

Together, we can share information about key steps people can take to protect themselves and their families.

Emergency Preparedness:
• 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. Make sure you pack a can opener as well.
• Prescription medicines that you take every day, like heart or diabetes medicine
• A first aid kit to treat cuts, burns, and other injuries

First Aid Kit:
In any emergency a family member or you yourself may suffer an injury. If you have these basic first aid supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt.

Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. You may consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.
• Two pairs of Latex or other sterile gloves if you are allergic to Latex
• Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
• Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes
• Antibiotic ointment
• Burn ointment
• Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
• Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant
• Thermometer
• Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
• Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies

Non-prescription drugs:
• Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
• Anti-diarrhea medication
• Antacid
• Laxative

Other first aid supplies:
• Scissors
• Tweezers
• Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

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