National Observances & Safety Programs

Your Guide to Summer Holidays & Safety Events

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Now that summer is officially here, there are a number of important holidays and national safety events on the horizon. Here is your personal guide to some of the biggest observances and safety events of the summer ahead.

June: National Safety Month

The NSC, along with thousands of other nationwide organizations, work to raise awareness about what it takes to stay SafeForLife during National Safety Month. Observed annually in June, National Safety Month participants focus on reducing as many of the leading causes of injuries in the workplace, on the roads and in homes and neighborhoods as possible. This year, each week will be designated as follows:

June 1 – 12: Stand Ready to Respond
June 13 – 19: Be Healthy
June 20 – 26: Watch Out for Dangers
June 27 – 30: Share Roads Safely

June 20: First Day of Summer
July: National Fireworks Safety Month

The purpose of National Fireworks safety month is to alert parents and children to the dangers of playing with fireworks or lighting them without taking the appropriate precautionary measures. Fire, police and EMS companies, as well as other organizations, like Prevent Blindness America, work to advise caution when lighting fireworks and offer safer ways to celebrate the Fourth of July and other holidays or events where fireworks are commonly on display.

July 4: Independence Day
August: Back to School Month

When the new school year begins, it’s important for everyone to remember to safely share the roads with school buses, pedestrians, and bicyclists. It’s also a crucial time to refresh children on the principles of staying safe on the way to, from and during school. Common safety topics covered during back to school month include backpack safety, playground safety, school bus safety, cell phone usage and distracted walking and the protection new teen drivers.

August 2: National Night Out 2016

This annual community-building campaign promotes a partnership between police and community members nationwide in order to stand up to crime and enhance the kind of neighborhood camaraderie that makes every community safer and happier.

August 17 – September 9: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration leads this incredibly important effort to stop drunk driving or driving under the influence of any drug, once and for all. During this campaign, the definitive message is, “Please drive sober or you will get pulled over.”

September: National Preparedness Month

Disaster can strike at any moment. That’s why we have an entire month dedicated to learning how to be prepared for all types of unexpected emergencies. With just a little preparation you can make sure your home and family will be ready and able to withstand a home fire, hurricane, flood or any other type of threat.

September 5: Labor Day
September 18 – 24: National Child Passenger Safety Week

The proper use of a car seat, booster, or seat belt can prevent harm to a child in the event of a car crash, which is the leading cause of death in children between the ages of 1 and 13. During National Child Passenger Safety Week, child passenger safety awareness and education are the main focuses. It teaches that a few extra moments taken to make sure child passengers are properly secured in their seats can make all the difference.

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