Monthly Themes

January is Teen Driving Awareness Month. Below are some resources to keep teens safe on the road.

Personal Safety

What is Personal Safety? Personal Safety refers to the freedom from physical harm and threat of physical harm, and freedom from hostility, aggression, harassment, and devaluation by members of the academic community. Safety includes worry about being victimized as well as actual incidents.

Parents are the best teachers when it comes to children learning about being safe.

Electrical Safety


What you can’t see can hurt you and your family

January is National Radon Action Month

  • Test Your Home to Determine Risk of Radon Gas Exposure
  • South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources:  What is Radon?

February is Risk Awareness Month. Below are some resources to help reduce risk in all aspects of our daily lives.

Burn Awareness Week February 4 – 10, 2018

TV and Furniture Tip Overs

March is Poison Prevention Month. View the resources below to learn how you can safeguard yourself and others against poisonous substances.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Unintentional Strangulation of Children

  • The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention – Suffocation, Choking and Strangulation: 
    • Easy access by infants and toddlers to small objects, balloons, plastic bags, and toys with small parts.
    • Food not properly cut into safely small pieces
    • Toy chests without safety latches
    • Family’s ability to provide safe sleep or play environment for child
    • Presence of unsafe window cords
    • Access by child to empty appliances
    • Teens endangering themselves by playing “choking game”

Eye Safety

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Visit the links below to learn how to avoid distractions and stay safe on the road.

May is Youth Traffic Safety Month. Below are some resources to promote awareness of traffic-related hazards for youths.

  • National Organizations for Youth Safety – social media toolkit, teen action guides and infographic:
  • Enters for Disease Control and Prevention – Parents are the Key to Safety Teen Drivers – Resources and Information for Parents:
  • National Safety Council – DriveitHOME Program –  Helping you keep your teen driver safe:

June is Overall Safety Month. View the useful resources below to help prevent injuries at home, on the road and within your community.

July is National Fireworks Safety Month. Below are some useful resources to keep you safe during this month’s celebrations.

August is Back to School Safety Month.


September is Farm Safety Month. View information and useful resources to keep you safe on the farm below.

Agriculture is one of the most dangerous environments to work or be around. Dangers include but are not limited to tractors,

machinery, animals and chemicals. According to the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety 2017 Fact Sheet every three days, a child dies in an agriculture-related incident and every day, about 33 children are injured in agriculture-related incidents.

Children lack the cognitive development and judgement needed to be unsupervised in and around a farm or agricultural environment. As adults, it is our responsibility to make their environment a safe place to explore and learn. Children are curious and are totally unaware of the dangers around them.

  • Children should never be allowed to play in or around tractors or equipment.
  • Children should not be in and around livestock.
  • A safe, fenced in play area should be created away from traffic and farm equipment.
  • Chemicals should be a locked cabinet or building.
  • Do not assign or expect children to complete chores or tasks that are not age appropriate for them.


Concussion Awareness:

October is Fire Prevention Month.

There are some causes of home fires that can be prevented.  Being aware of those causes and doing something about them may save those you love.  Here are some items that may contribute to the cause of a fire and suggestions on how to prevent a fire from starting.

Smoke Alarms – Smoke alarms need to be on every level.  If you are not able to afford smoke alarms, contact your local fire department.  Smoke alarms run on batteries that need to be changed at least on an annual basis. Even smoke alarms that are wired into a home’s electricity need to have the batteries replaced.

Electricity – Prevent overloading outlets with extension cords or power strips.  Make sure all power cords are in good condition without exposed wires.  Extension cords should not run under rugs or be exposed to crawling infants.

Cooking – 2 of every 5 home fires start in the kitchen.  Keep stove clear of items that can easily catch on fire.  These may include paper towels, pot holders, clothing or towels.  Stoves should not be used as a heating source in the home.  Be aware of cooking temperatures when using oil and have materials on hand to extinguish grease or oil fires.

Dryers – Inspect and clean dryer vents and lint traps frequently.

Heaters / Furnaces – Areas around heaters and furnaces should be free of clutter.  Don’t store anything around a furnace and keep heaters away from curtains, blankets, furniture or bedding.   Homes with chimney’s need to be inspected and cleaned at lease on an annual basis.  Build up within the chimney can cause a fire.

Candles, Lighters and Matches – Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.  Educate children on the dangers of these items and have them tell an adult when they see such items.  Lit candles should be placed in an area in view of adults, out of the reach of curious children and other flammable items.

Grills and Cookers – Grills and large oil cookers need to be placed at least ten feet away from decks and homes.  Heat and spattered oil can catch these items on fire.

Halloween Safety

  • Safe Kids Worldwide – Halloween Safety Tips:
  • National Safety Council – Spooky Truths Regarding Halloween Safety On and Off the Road:
  • KidsHealth – A Safe and Spooktacular Halloween: 


 November is Impaired Driving Month (Drowsy Driving Prevention)


November 13 – 19 is Button Battery Safety Week

December is Impaired Driving Month.

Battery Awareness

Toy Safety


Holiday Safety

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