Monthly Safety Observances


April 2019


April | Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted driving is a public health issue that affects us all. The latest statistics show motor vehicle fatalities are up 6% from 2015. More than 40,000 people were killed on our nation's roadways in 2017, and distracted driving is a major contributor.

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April | National Youth Sports Safety Month

As many parents already know, April is a busy month for kids who enjoy sports. April is National Youth Sports Safety Month, so it’s the perfect time to bring some safety awareness to the track meets, ball games, and playing fields at school and in our communities.

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1-7 | National Window Safety Week

Window Safety Week in April coincides with the arrival of spring, when homeowners naturally want to open the windows and let in fresh air. Its goal is twofold: for families to understand the role of windows in escaping a fire or other emergency and to learn to safeguard against accidental window falls.

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1-7 | National Public Health Week

Everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life in a safe environment. To make that possible, we need to address the causes of poor health and disease risk among individuals and within our communities. 

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8-12 | National Work Zone Awareness Week

‚ÄčNational Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones.

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22-26 National Playground Safety Week

Every 2 1/2 minutes a child is seen in a U.S. emergency room for a playground related injury. Click below to learn more about National Playground Safety Week. 

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28 | Workers' Memorial Day

On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs.

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May 2019


May | National Electrical Safety Month

In 2017 there were 136 workplace electrical fatalities. Learn how to stay safe on the job.

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May | Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Motorcyclist deaths occurred 28 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles, based on 2016 fatal crash data. To keep motorcyclists safe, we urge everyone to share the road and be alert, and we're reminding motorcyclists to make themselves visible, to use DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets, and to always ride sober.

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May | National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.

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6-10 | National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Workplace Falls

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 366 of the 971 construction fatalities recorded in 2017 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.

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8 | Bike to School Day

It’s almost time to strap on that helmet and pedal with passion! National Bike to School Day is May 8, 2019, and registration is now open!

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12-18 | National Police Week

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. 

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15 | Celebration of Safety Luncheon

For 36 years the National Safety Council, Nebraska has held an annual event to recognize companies and individuals who are committed to safety in their organizations and in our community.

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17 | National Bike to Work Day

National Bike Month includes an ever-expanding diversity of events in communities nationwide — but the biggest day of the month is Bike to Work Day.

20-26 | Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

May 20–26, 2019 is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. This year’s theme is “Pool Chemistry for Healthy and Safe Swimming.” Learn how to stay healthy and safe when swimming! 

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2019 Safety Observances


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