With fall upon us, weather begins to change and so do our safety concerns. The Minnesota Safety Council recommends we review the following areas and make the necessary preparations and precautions.
Back to School Safety
Nationally, being struck by a vehicle while walking is a leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 5 to 14. The back-to-school season is a good time to teach kids how to be safe when going to and from school.
Bicycle riding is a favorite pastime of children and more and more kids are riding bikes to school. Unfortunately, bicycles are associated with more childhood injuries than any consumer product other than the automobile.
Influenza Virus – Preventing the Spread
Influenza (commonly known as the flu) is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization of even death. Prevent its spread and minimize its potential impact with the following steps:
- Wash your hands with soap & water frequently. If unavailable, use alcohol – based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, noses or mouth to limit the spread of germs.
- Limit close contact with others who are ill.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Get a flu shot or a nasal-spray vaccine.
The best protection from the flu is to get vaccinated every year.
Do you take these safety precautions each year to protect yourself and those around you?