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Checking the Wake - June 2011 - Special

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Checking the Wake - Special June E-Newsletter
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Published by: Naval District Washington Ndw on Jun 13, 2011
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June 2011 Volume 3, Number 9
Motor vehicle crashes!
by Teresa S. Boucher 
he goal of 
National Safety Month
is to raise publicawareness of the top safety issues:
Unintentional Injuries and Death
Unintentional injuries and deaths in the United Statesare at unacceptable levels.
Motor vehicle crashes, falls and overexertion remainleading causes of preventable death and injury.
The cost of unintentional injuries to Americans andtheir employers exceeds $693 billion nationally, or $5,900 per household, and causes great suffering among individuals andtheir families.
Safe Teen Driving 
Each day, there are more than 15 crashes involvingdrivers between the ages of 15 to 20. You do not need tohave a teen driver in your home to be affected.
In fact, 2 out of 3 people killed in crashes involvingteen drivers are people other than the teen driver – includingpassengers of teen drivers, occupants in other vehicles,motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians according to theNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Other Leading Causes of Unintentional Injuries Overexertion
is the third leading cause of unintentionalinjuries in the United States, accounting for about 3.3 millionemergency department visits. Whether at work or home, youcan take steps to prevent overexertion.
Step 1 -
Stretch your muscles or warm up lightlybefore you lift something or move something heavy or perform a strenuous activity.
2 Overexertion!Falls!Cell phone use behind the wheel!
Step 2 -
Lift heavier objects by holding the objectclose to your body and bending your legs to move it upand down. Keep your back straight and avoid bending itwhile you lift.
Step 3 -
Avoid bending, reaching or twisting whenyou lift things. Approach an object straight on, and askfor help if you feel it is necessary.
Step 4 -
Pace yourself when you are performingany strenuous activity. Take breaks when necessary andstop if you feel your body can't handle the strain.
Falls are another of the leading causes of unintentionalinjures in the United States, accounting for approximately 8.6million visits to the emergency department.
Adults 55 and older are more prone to becomingvictims of falls, and the resulting injuries can diminish theability to lead active, independent lives.
The number of fall deaths among those 65 or older is 4times the number of fall deaths among all other age groups.
Cell phone use behind the wheel
Cell phones use is a growing concern.
According to CTIA – The Wireless Association, in1995, cell phone subscriptions covered only 11% of the U.S.population.
By 2010, that number grew to 93%.
As the number of cell phone users continues toincrease, so does the number of drivers distracted by cellphones.
Feeling Hot! Hot! Hot????
Let’s talk a little bit about Sun and Heat Exposure:During late spring and summer many people like to spendtime outside in the sun for fun or work. But overexposure tothe sun can damage the skin and could cause skin cancer.
Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rashare possible when your become overexerted in the heat
.Put your health first in order to enjoy the summer.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head and facecool. This will also provide added protection from
damaging sun exposure. Baseball caps provide littleprotection except to the face. A hat should protect theneck, face and ears.
Wear a long-sleeved shirt at all times. It should belight colored and loose fitting except when working aroundmachinery.
Carry a source of water with you. Take drinksfrequently—every 15 minutes.
Take frequent breaks in the shade or in a coolenvironment during the hottest times of the day.
Adjust gradually to working in the heat over a periodof 10-20 days.
Someone suffering from heat exhaustion or heatstroke should be moved to a cool environment, offeredsips of water, if conscious, and provided with attentionfrom emergency medical personnel.
Wear sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15. Makesure children are also adequately protected.
Heat illness includes a range of disorders that resultwhen your body is exposed to more heat than it canhandle.DID YOU KNOW?
The human body is constantly engaged ina life-and-death struggle to disperse the heat that it produces.If allowed to accumulate, the heat would quickly increaseyour body temperature beyond its comfortable 98.6° F.
Who is at risk?
Heat-related illness can affect anyone not used to hotweather, especially when it's combined with high humidity.Those especially at risk:• Infants, young children, elderly and pets• Individuals with heart or circulatory problems or other long-term illness• Employees working in the heat• Athletes and people who like to exercise (especiallybeginners)• Individuals taking certain medications that alter sweatproduction• Alcoholics and drug abusers

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