Off-the-Clock Safety at Home

Off-the-Clock Safety at Home

From ladder safety to smoke alarm testing, this checklist will help you ensure your safety is on point this season and beyond.
What we do off-the-clock impacts everything: Our health and wellbeing, our families and our ability to be our best selves on the clock. Spring ushers in countless safety and health initiatives for home (and work). Here, we’ve rounded up our top picks to help you stay healthy and safe all season long – and beyond.

Schedule an Eye Exam

May is Healthy Vision Month, a good reminder that healthy eyes help us see and keep us safe. The CDC reports1 that those with vision problems are at an increased risk for falls, injury and depression. Over 50? Our eye health guide breaks down top concerns and how to best care for your sight.

Prevent Electrical Fires

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical failure or malfunctions account for almost 34,000 home fires on average, per year. They also result in roughly 440 deaths and $1.3 billion in direct property damage. May is National Electrical Safety Month, so take heed and follow this safety guide as you update wiring and/or add home energy devices.

Be Wise Around Water

Warm weather means pools are open, families are flocking to the beach and you may even be on a boat. Is your family water competent? Find useful links on how to be water safe2 by the Red Cross for May’s National Water Safety Month.

Prepare For the Heat

The summer sun poses serious risks. Working outside on a hot day can be dangerous, but the heat can be even more concerning for kids. Leaving young children left unattended in cars can be life-threatening. Since 2018, the number of annual deaths due to this has increased.3 National Heatstroke Prevention Day is July 31, and knowing the signs of heatstroke for adults is a good way to observe it.

Celebrate National Safety Month

OK, “celebrate” may be a stretch, but many workplace initiatives make sense at home, too. Make sure you and your family are safe by checking and/or replacing your smoke detectors, updating your First-Aid kit (or ensuring you have one), creating a plan for power outages and preventing slips, trips and falls.
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