FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (June 3, 2014) – Now is the time to
clean out your medicine cabinets, replace the batteries in old smoke alarms,
and pledge to not use your cell phone while driving. To commemorate National
Safety Month, sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC), Broward College
is bringing awareness to several key safety issues, and promoting safety
strategies for in the home, on the road and at the workplace:
Safety: According to the NSC, approximately 245 people die
every day from unintentional injuries in their own homes and communities. The
top causes of unintentional deaths include falling, drowning, choking, fires,
poisonings and accidental overdoses. To prevent the chance of these injuries,
it is important to recognize the hazards and make changes, as necessary.
Shives, associate dean at Broward College’s Institute of Public Safety,
suggests performing a basic check around the house to make sure all exits and
passageways are free of tripping hazards, such as boxes and furniture, as well
as clearing the floor of items, such as toys, games, magazines and other
obstructions. If there are stairs in the house, ensure they are clearly lit and
install light switches at the top and bottom of the stairway. It is also important
to check the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors, and
properly dispose of unused and expired medications that may be stored in
medicine cabinets. For extra precaution, Shives recommends taking a class in
CPR and for the use of an automated external defibrillator. Broward College’s
Tigertail Lake Recreational Center, 580 Gulfstream Way, Dania Beach, offers
continuing education courses throughout the year in first aid and CPR. For more
information, visit http://www.broward.edu/studentlife/tigertail/.
Work Safety: In the workplace, it is important to be conscious of
ways to protect yourself on the job. Never keep your personal possessions, such
as purse, wallet, laptop or other valuables in the car, and once in the office,
securely lock personal items in a drawer or closet to stop theft.
a stranger enters the office, check their identity and trust your instincts. If
they make you feel uncomfortable, inform senior management immediately. As for
fellow employees, if you notice signs of potential violence or harassment,
report these cases to the appropriate person.
driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the
primary task of driving. There are three forms of distracted
driving: visual, taking your eyes off of the road; manual, removing your hands
from the wheel; and cognitive, taking your mind off of driving. These include
eating or drinking, adjusting the radio, reading, looking at maps, grooming,
putting on makeup or shaving, and texting or using a cell phone.
phone use while driving isn’t just a visual and manual distraction, but a
cognitive distraction as well. “Driving while using the cell phone reduces the
amount of brain activity by 37 percent,” said Wayne Boulier, instructor of
vehicle operations at Broward College. So far this year, the National Safety
Council estimates there have been more than 400,000 car crashes involving
drivers using cell phones. To eliminate the risk, when in the car, refrain from
using a cellphone or place it somewhere out of reach, such as the glove box. If
you are worried about an emergency, set your phone to deliver a unique ringtone
for urgent calls, so that you will know to pullover and park in order to safely
take the call.
Broward College is
ranked as one of the top ten community colleges in the nation by the Aspen
Institute. Serving more than 68,000 students annually, Broward College provides
residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees,
two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The
mission of the college is to provide high-quality educational programs and
services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners.
For more information, visit www.broward.edu.