Did you know that this month is recognized as National Safety Month in the U.S.? The National Safety Council announced this yearly reminder as we head into summer, which is when the highest number of certain accidents occur.
While the official recognition of safety efforts may only last one month, we urge all readers to be especially mindful of certain behaviors all summer long. Below are five easy ways to prioritize safety for yourself, your family and your community this season.
- Pay attention while driving. Distracted driving is the cause of thousands of preventable accidents. Put the phone down, pull over if you need to groom, eat or enter a destination into your GPS, and minimize any distractions inside the car.
- Keep a close eye on your kids. Kids are at risk of animal bites, drowning and playground accidents. Make sure they are adequately supervised and keep an extra-close eye on them when they are out of school this summer.
- Make sure walkways, stairwells and entrances in your home are clear of hazards. Between kids running in and out of the house and the amount of things that quickly pile up in and around the home, it is crucial to keep these spaces clear and dry.
- Know where your fire extinguishers are in your home. Cooking, defective products and electrical issues can lead to household fires. Fire extinguishers can prevent or minimize catastrophic damage to your home.
- Avoid driving, swimming and other potentially dangerous activities if you have been drinking. Alcohol impairs judgment and slows people’s reflexes. If you are drinking, don’t engage in risky behavior or operate heavy machinery.
Unfortunately, there are people who will fail to take these and other precautions this summer. People will drive drunk, fail to maintain their homes and businesses, and engage in reckless, negligent behaviors that put themselves and others at risk.
With this in mind, we want readers of this blog to understand the importance of taking legal action against a party liable for accident injuries. Many accidents are preventable, and holding people accountable when they fail to take certain measures to prevent an accident is way to ensure victims do not pay the price for other’s bad decisions.