It’s That Time of the Year Again – June is National Safety Month
With a focus on reducing leading causes of injury and death at home, work and on the road, the National Safety Council has once again declared June as National Safety Month. To help you reduce the risk of injury this summer, Security Specialists will be providing some handy tips throughout the month that you can put into practice to keep your family and employees safe. This week’s theme focuses on those pesky little intruders of summer fun, mosquitoes.
While we often view mosquito bites as simply a nuisance, everyone should be aware that mosquitoes carry dangers such as the West Nile virus, Zika virus and other serious illnesses. In fact, West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in this country. While the majority of people do not develop symptoms when bit by an infected mosquito; approximately 1 in 5 adults may develop a fever, body aches, diarrhea, and other symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness.
For those businesses with employees who work outside, it’s a good practice to educate your work force about the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses as well as supplying mosquito repellent or insecticide to protect workers from occupational exposure to Zika virus.
According to the American Mosquito Control Association, business owners as well as homeowners can reduce the number of areas where adult mosquitoes can live by removing weeds and mowing the lawn regularly. To further reduce adult mosquitoes’ presence, Security Specialists recommends: