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Final Week of National Safety Month 2013

National Safety Month is almost over, and we’d like to thank you for all the hard work and dedication to safety you have put in throughout the month of June! A special thanks also goes to Grainger, a Safety Champion sponsor of NSM.

As a bonus this year, we’re offering special tips for driving safety. Summer is a time when many choose to travel to their favorite vacation spots. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most dangerous times of year for driving. As we close out National Safety Month, remember that getting to and from destinations safely should be the number one priority.

Children and Hot Cars: A Deadly Combination
A car doesn’t have to be moving for it to be dangerous. The stories about children whose lives were lost after becoming trapped inside of a hot vehicle have become far too common tragedies that change the lives of parents, families and communities forever.

Please take the following precautions to prevent heatstroke incidents from occurring:
  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle – even if the windows are open
  • Make a habit of looking in the front and back of your vehicle before locking the door and walking away
  • Do things that serve as a reminder that a child is in the vehicle, such as placing a purse or briefcase in the back seat

For more information about keeping your family safe this summer, click here

Have a Summer Excursion Planned? Consider the following before hitting the road:
  • Make sure your vehicle is up-to-date with maintenance requirements — tire rotations, oil changes, battery checks, etc.
  • Prepare an emergency kit for your car, including water, non-perishable food and a first aid kit
  • Avoid common driving distractions by putting your cell phone in the back seat so you won’t be tempted to check it
  • Bring games for young children to keep them occupied during long car rides
  • Schedule frequent breaks throughout your trip to avoid drowsy driving

Do you think you can multitask?
Distracted driving certainly includes texting, but what many people don’t realize is that a cell phone conversation while driving, regardless of hands-free technology, is also very dangerous. With more people on the road during the summer, the National Safety Council shares this infographic to prevent the dangers that can occur due to the use of cell phones behind the wheel.
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