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Celebrate National Public Health Week: April 4-10

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National Public Health Week begins today! Join the American Public Health Association (APHA) in the observation, which runs April 4-10. This year’s theme is: “Safety is No Accident: Live Injury-free.”

For more than a decade, communities across the U.S. have celebrated NPHW each April by highlighting public health achievements and raising awareness of issues important to improving the public’s health.

Monday’s Theme is “Safety at Home.” Suggestions include:

  • Assess your home for potential hazards such as poor lighting and uneven surfaces to prevent falls.
  • Install and maintain smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
  • Establish a plan for how you would evacuate from your home in the event of an emergency.
  • Make sure all electrical outlets are covered and inaccessible to children.
  • Supervise young children whenever they’re near cooking surfaces and never leave food unattended on the stove.

Tuesday’s Theme is “Safety at Work.” Suggestions include:

  • Understand and follow all workplace safety regulations and best practices.
  • Educate employees about workplace regulations and train employees to recognize unsafe or unhealthy settings.
  • Provide required or recommended protective gear to reduce employee exposure to hazards.
  • Create safe work environments by identifying and fixing workplace hazards such as unstable surfaces and malfunctioning vehicles.
  • Maintain a working sprinkler system and schedule fire drills to practice safe evacuation.
  • Promote workplace safety by offering tips on your company bulletin board, website or newsletter.

Together, we can help Americans live injury-free in all areas of life: at work, at home, at play, in your community and anywhere people are on the move. For additonal suggestions, as well as more information on National Public Health Week, visit http://www.nphw.org/nphw11/first1.htm .

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