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

National Safety Month: Week 1

The month of June is National Safety Month.  The National Safety Council has broken down the month into 5 categories to discuss.  I will be posting information on each of these topics as the month goes on.

Week 1: Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention

The abuse of prescription drugs (painkillers, depressants and stimulants) is a very real and dangerous threat.  Many people are more concerned with the use of marijuana and other illicit drugs (cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants) that they forget about what may be in their medicine cabinet.

According to the 2008 National Survey of Drug Use & Health, 1.5% of youth ages 12 to13 use prescription drugs for non-medical purposes.  Only 1.0% use marijuana, making prescription-type drugs their drug of choice.  The survey also showed that 2.9% of all youth ages 12-17 use prescription drugs non-medically.

Prescription drugs are often, mistakenly, thought to be safer to take than illicit drugs.  While properly taken under prescription they can be safe and beneficial to a person’s well-being, however, overuse of prescriptions can be just as damaging and addictive (if not more so) as other drug choices.

Teenagers are not the only ones to worry about.  Painkillers (such as Vicodin, Tylenol with Codeine, OxyContin, and Percocet)  are often abused by those to whom they were prescribed.

To learn ways you can help prevent prescription drug abuse in your own family visit www.theantidrug.com.

Week 2: Teen Driving Safety
Week 3: Preventing Overexertion at Work and Home
Week 4: Dangers of Cell Phone Use While Driving

Staph Bacteria found at Washington Beaches

Tests show that the bacteria that causes staph infections has been found at 5 Washington State beaches. Scientists advise not to avoid beaches, just use precautions.  For full story click here.

Hand Sanitizer – It’s . . . Good?

As a mom of an active child who loves to bite her nails, I must say I love hand sanitizer. I have a small bottle of it on my key chain, in my purse, in my car, and on my desk. I use it and have my daughter use it regularly in public places, on camp-outs, or around those who are sick. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s effective.

However, it’s the quick, easy, and effectiveness that point to the darker side of hand sanitizer. Children (or teens and adults for that matter) who ingest hand sanitizer, even in small amounts, run the risk of alcohol poisoning. Hand sanitizers contain high amounts of alcohol, some as high as 62%; it could be fatal for a child to ingest only an ounce or two.

You can read more information on hand sanitizer poisoning at Snopes.com, then take a moment and make sure your hand sanitizers are out of the reach of children – and may I add anyone else who would eat it (pets, teens, etc, etc).