From National Hat Day to National Donut Day, it seems that these days there is a celebration for just about everything. But, while some of these “observances” are simply focused on fun (or corporate sponsorship), others are designed to have a real impact on local communities. The following are 10 national safety observances focused on preventing childhood and workplace injuries and keeping drivers safe on the road:
1. Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC), Distracted Driving Awareness Month takes place in April and is intended to help drivers of all ages understand the risks of talking and texting behind the wheel.
2. National Youth Sports Safety Month
Concussions and other injuries sustained during games and practice can have lasting consequences. Also recognized in April, National Youth Sports Safety Month helps raise awareness about the risks of youth sports injuries.
3. National Work Zone Awareness Week
National Work Zone Awareness Week, sponsored by the American Traffic Safety Services Association and scheduled in Spring each year, reminds drivers that work zone safety is everyone’s responsibility.
4. Motorcycle Safety Month
May is Motorcycle Safety Month. Sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the goal of this observance is to help motorcycle riders and other drivers recognize risk factors for roadway collisions.
5. National Electrical Safety Month
Electrical faults and wiring errors are among the most common causes of construction site accidents and fatalities. Recognized in May, National Electrical Safety Month brings awareness to the risks many construction workers face on a daily basis.
6. National Safety Month
Another NSC initiative, National Safety Month promotes all things safety. From emergency preparedness to workplace wellness, and from fall risks to vehicle collisions, National Safety Month promotes the idea that “No 1 Gets Hurt.”
7. Safe + Sound Week
Sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Safe + Sound Week takes place in August and is designed to, “raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.”
8. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is the NHTSA’s annual campaign to stop drunk driving. Recognized in August and September, it encourages teens, parents, restaurants, bars, and other individuals and businesses to all do their part to put an end to alcohol-involved collisions.
9. Drowsy Driving Prevention Week
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week is in November, and it seeks to raise awareness about the risks of driving without adequate sleep or under the influence of medications that can cause drowsiness. It is sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).
10. Holiday Season Drunk Driving Campaign
During December, the NHTSA promotes the Holiday Season Drunk Driving Campaign in order to fight against drunk driving accidents linked to celebrations, depression and holiday travel.
For upcoming dates, you can view the NSC’s Safety Observance and Event Calendar.
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