“Each June, the National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month as a time to bring attention to key safety issues says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.”  Plan your safety month with those at home and at work by following the weekly planner for June and visiting the websites provided!  “Share the safety information plan with others reminds Chief DiGiovanna.”

Week 1: Prevent prescription drug abuse: 15,000 people die annually from overdoses of prescription medicines. Prescription pain relievers contribute to more deaths than all illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine. Visit http://www.prescriptiondrugabuse.com

Week 2: Stop slips, trips and falls: Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States, accounting for approximately 8.9 million visits to the emergency department annually (NSC Injury Facts 2011). Visit: http://www.sliptripfall.com

Week 3: Be aware of your surroundings: Most of us leave our home at least once each day. Whether it’s driving to the grocery store or going on your daily walk, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings. By using simple precautions, you can safely enjoy the time you spend outside of your home.  Visit: http://www.PersonalSafetyTips.com


Week 4: Put an end to distracted driving: Twenty three percent of all motor vehicle crashes involve cell phone use, and distracted driving is becoming an increasingly large problem on our nation’s roadways. Talking on a cell phone while driving makes you four times more likely to crash, and texting while driving increases your chance of crashing by up to 8 to 23 times. Visit: http://www.safedriving.com

Stay Safe!

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna