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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:
Home 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.
Ken 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
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.
If 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.
Distracted 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.
Cell 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