Cintas highlights lesser known risks that could put you and your
family at risk
From barbecues to sporting events, summertime brings a flurry of outdoor
activity - and the potential for injuries, according to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).While some of the risks for
injury are obvious, many are not. To help you enjoy a safer summer,
Cintas today highlighted six surprising summer safety hazards.
"An accident can happen in a split second, and the key is to avoid
situations that could result in an injury," said Rick Gerlach, Ph.D.,
Senior Director of Safety and Health, Cintas Corporation. "Summertime
safety is something we stress with our more than 30,000
employee-partners to keep them safe at work and at home every day. By
being aware of the potential risks, you can experience a safer summer."
Six surprising safety hazards from Cintas include:
1. Flying Objects: From lawn mowers to weed trimmers, power
equipment is in heavy use during the summer. It can send rocks, sticks
and other objects flying through the air, causing injury to the operator
or others nearby. To protect yourself, always wear closed-toe shoes,
protective eyewear and hearing protection equipment.
2. Broken Glass: If you are enjoying a cold beverage on the patio
or opening a window for a fresh summer breeze, be wary of broken glass.
If glass shatters, first alert people nearby of the hazard. Using a
broom, sweep all of the large pieces into a dust pan. Next, use a
portable vacuum to safely remove small pieces and shards. In case of a
minor laceration, make sure your first-aid cabinet is stocked with
antibiotic ointment and bandages. For more serious lacerations, seek
immediate medical assistance.
3. Insects:Parasitosis is the condition of being
parasitized, bitten or lived on by another organism, and it happens more
often during the summer. Even if you aren't planning a summer camping
trip, you can still be prey for hungry insects, such as mosquitoes or
ticks. While most bites are harmless, they can also carry West Nile
virus or Lyme disease. The chance of catching West Nile Virus is only
one in 150, but you can easily protect yourself by using insect
4. Food. Nothing ruins memories of a great barbecue faster than a
bad case of food poisoning. The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates approximately one
in six Americans experience food poisoning each year. Before loading
your plate with deviled eggs and chicken salad, check to see how long
the food has been out of the refrigerator. If it has been sitting out
for more than two hours, it's a good idea to leave it on the table.
5.Sugary Drinks. Sugar-based liquids such as sodas or
juices can be deceiving, not providing the hydration you need on a hot
summer day. Health professionals warn that thirst indicates that you're
already dehydrated, so it's critical to regularly consume water or an
electrolyte-based sports drink throughout the day. Indicators of
dehydration include headaches, dry skin and cramping, so drink up if you
start to feel any of these symptoms.
6. Ladders. A recent report from the CDC found that more than 43
percent of falls in the last decade involved a ladder. Before getting on
a ladder to clean drain spouts, paint or clear storm debris, make sure
to inspect it. Always use a three-point stance, which means always
having two feet and one hand, or two hands and one foot, on the ladder
at all times.
For more information on Cintas, please visit www.cintas.com.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly
specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout
North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate
identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning
and supplies, tile and carpet cleaning, promotional products, first aid,
safety, fire protection products and services and document management
services for more than 1 million businesses. Cintas is a publicly held
company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol
CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.
Source: Cintas Corporation