This week is National Safe At Home Week!
August 26 – 30 has be set aside to promote safety in and around the home. Did you know that the National Safety Council estimates that 245 people die of unintentional injuries at and near home every day? The six biggest causes of death in 2007 were vehicle crashes, drowning, choking, poisoning, falls, and fire-related injuries. These statistics are staggering! However, the purpose of National Safe At Home Week is to raise awareness of the need to stay safe at and around home.
One of the best places to start promoting safety close to home is at school! The NSC has produced a list of PDF documents to help kids and parents stay safe going back to school. Safe Kids Worldwide™ has an extensive list of tips to keep kids safe at home and on the go. The site also has a printable Home Safety Fact Sheet outlining details of unintentional injuries and death in the home.
Even something as seemingly harmless as a TV can be a potential danger, as shown in this video from The Today Show:
Here at the library, we have several books on home safety available for checkout. If you are looking for a DVD on the topic, we have you covered in our Audio/Visual department. We want to help everyone stay safe at home, work, school, and play!
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