National Safety Month: Week 3

Week 3: Preventing Overexertion at Work and Home

Overexertion is caused by straining your body and asking it to do what it is not prepared for or isn’t supposed to do.  According to the NSC,

“Overexertion injuries, mainly sprains and strains, to the back or spine comprise about 40 percent of both on and off-the-job injuries.”

Preventing overexertion is simple. We should all know these tips, even if we don’t always want to follow some of them.

  • Before doing any strenuous work or heavy lifting, warm-up your muscles and stretch.
  • Always lift with your legs, never bend over and lift with your back.
  • Exercise regularly to keep your body fit and healthy, even if your exercise is just going for a walk, anything is better than nothing.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet, make sure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs.

Week 1: Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention
Week 2: Teen Driving Safety
Week 4: Dangers of Cell Phone Use While Driving

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