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National Safety Month

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The National Safety Council has designated June as "National Safety Month" to increase public awareness of safety and health risks and to ultimately decrease the number of accidental injuries and deaths in workplaces and in homes. This year’s themes are prescription drug overdose prevention, teen driving safety, preventing overexertion at work and at home, the dangers of cell phone use while driving, and summer safety.

U.S. workers are actually safer at work than in their homes or communities, according to the 2009 edition of the National Safety Council’s Injury Facts. Eleven times more workers die from unintentional injuries off-the-job than on-the-job and three times more workers suffer disabling injuries off-the-job than at work. For every two workplace injuries, seven off-the-job injuries occur. For more information on National Safety Month and to download materials you can share with your family, go to the National Safety Month webpage.