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Distracted Driving Awareness

Driving and Texting Facts

  1. 5 seconds is the minimal amount of attention that a driver who texts takes away from the road. If traveling at 55 mph, this equals driving the length of a football field without looking at the road.
  2. Texting makes a crash up to 23 times more likely.
  3. Teens who text while driving spend 10% of the time outside their lane.
  4. According to AT&T’s Teen Driver Survey, 97% of teens agree that texting while driving is dangerous, yet 43% do it anyway.
  5. 19% of drivers of all ages admit to surfing the web while driving.
  6. 43 states, plus D.C., prohibit all drivers from texting.
  7. 40% of teens say that they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone.
  8. The most recent National Occupant Protection Use Survey finds that women are more likely than men to reach for their cell phones while driving.
  9.   According to 77% of teens, adults tell them not to text or email while driving, yet adults do it themselves “all the time.”
  10.   9 in 10 teens expect a reply to a text or email within five minutes or less, which puts pressure on them to respond while driving.

So the key is don’t text and drive and stay alive.

distracted-driving

The most dangerous environment many workers face each day is the roadway. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which is more than just an observance – it’s an empowering invitation to “Take Back Your Drive.”
Download free materials, including posters and tip sheets, to help keep your workers safe at nsc.org/ddmonth .

Safety Tip May 2

What is heat stress?

It’s a signal that the body is having difficulty maintaining it’s temperature range. The heart pumps faster, blood is diverted from internal organs to the skin, breathing rate increases, all in an attempt to transfer more heat to the outside air and cool the skin by evaporation of sweat. If the body can’t keep up then the person suffers from heat cramps to heat exhaustion and finally heat stroke.

Dry Clothes & Skin does not mean you’re not sweating!

In dry climates you might not feel wet or sticky, however you are still sweating. On a very warm day, the body can lose up to two liters of fluid. Be aware of how you are feeling when you start to lose fluids – tired, listless, weak, loss of consciousness, cramps, etc.

Help prevent the effects of heat stress:

  • Drinking water frequently and moderately ( do not use salt tablets)
  • Rest frequently
  • Eat lightly
  • Do strenuous jobs early in the morning
  • Utilize the ventilation or fans in enclosed areas
  • Remember: it takes 1-2 weeks for the body to adjust to heat
  • Avoid excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Wear light colored, cotton clothes and keep a shirt on

Safety Tip May

May is Electrical Safety Month

Electrical System Hazard Warning Signs:

  • Dimming or flicking lights
  • Sizzle or buzzing sounds
  • Odor of overheated plastic
  • Plugs that pull out of the receptacle easily
  • Flashes or showers of sparks
  • Hot switch plates and outlet covers
  • Fuses burn out or circuit breakers need resetting frequently