When Emily, the director of Community Outreach for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance contacted me about doing a post to highlight national safety month, I was intrigued. Perhaps I live under a rock, but I had no idea that every year June is National Safety Month! After looking into it, I knew that this was something I had to get behind and spread the word. I'm sure there are others like me that have no idea about national safety month.
When Kymri came into the world, I was suddenly very aware of every danger and possible threat she might encounter. I'll admit that I even made Brad drive the long way home from the hospital to avoid left turns, all while I sat in the back with Kymri, directing Brad on driving safety tips. I now see that I was being silly and there is nothing wrong with a left turn! But I would still do anything to keep our baby safe.
Fittingly, this year's theme for National Safety Month is "what I live for."
Taken from the national safety council website:
"Everyone has something they live to see or experience. No matter what your passion is, we engage in safe behaviors so we can live for what matters to us." (source).
These two are my world!
And truly, I live for them. Safety is key in making sure that we have a happy, healthy home. This month, let's join together to ensure that what we live for is safe and protected!
What will you do this month to promote safety at home, work, and on the go?
I'm making sure that all of our cleaning supplies, medicines, and other chemicals are far out of reach from little hands. This little girl of ours is going to be on the move before we know it and I don't want any risk of her getting into cupboards and finding dangerous chemicals.
I'm going to double check that our car seat is installed properly. Did you know that 93% of infant car seats are installed incorrectly? You can find car seat safety technicians to check if you are one of almost all parents who need to make car seat adjustments.
We're checking our smoke and gas detectors, fire extinguishers, and home alarm system.
Any other suggestions on what we should do?
Emily and the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance also recommend taking time this month to check for potential threats that we don't always think of. One of these is asbestos. I had no idea, but asbestos is still used to this day! Exposure to asbestos can lead to mesothelioma, a rare but devastating cancer. (For more information on asbestos exposure and mesothelioma cancer, go HERE). That's why the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is reminding us to check for asbestos and other less common threats as we make sure this month that our families are safe. They were kind enough to share their helpful reminder graphic with me
What do you live for?
And what will you do to protect it?