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Aiming for an Accident-Free Year

Keeping your family safe doesn't happen by accident. It requires an awareness of potential risks and a focus on prevention. In observance of National Safety Month, here are a handful of tips to help you and your loved ones stay safe in a variety of settings.

Safety on the Road
The causes of car accidents are numerous and varied. Some, like distracted or drunk driving, are preventable, while others such as inclement weather or unexpected animal crossings may be out your control. To avoid an accident in any situation, take it slow, remain focused on the road and abide by all laws and signage. As a driver, you can also enforce that your passengers wear seatbelts and emphasize these rules when teaching others to drive.

Staying Safe at Home
Though our houses serve as personal safe havens, they also come with their own potential hazards, particularly for younger and older individuals. Small actions like baby-proofing cabinets, installing bathtub safety rails and learning the Heimlich maneuver can protect everyone from the most common unintentional-injury-related deaths.

Avoiding Injury at Work
From overexertion to slips and falls, work hazards threaten everyone regardless of industry or position. To keep yourself as safe as possible while you're on the clock, take short breaks throughout your workday to help you stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times. If you spend large chunks of your day at a desk, add occasional stretches to your routine to avoid long-term muscle damage.

Life is risky, no matter the setting. Use this list of safety precautions to help you make smart decisions that prioritize your family's well-being.


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