Safety Awareness Ideas

Emergency preparation is an essential part of basic community safety. Floods, tornadoes, fires, terrorist attacks, highway accidents – one never knows when a disaster can suddenly erupt. Every family in your area needs to have basic supplies that will safeguard them during unexpected situations. When you hand out these supplies, you’re not only helping keep families safe, but you’re also conducting smart business. With your name on these products, you remind every recipient that you care. That’s a sure way to gain your customers’ appreciation and continued patronage.

Review our Promotional Flashlights & Custom Tools page, where you’ll find all you need to help keep drivers and passengers safe on the road. Provide Highway Safety Kits, Auto Accessories, Tools & Tool Sets, and Multi-Tools and Pocket Knives to help with basic repairs. Every car should be equipped with Flashlights and Flashlight Keychains & Carabiners for nighttime illumination. Provide Blinking Lights & Flashing Buttons to warn other motorists at night. Of course, Ice Scrapers are vital to keeping windshields clear in winter weather.

First Aid Kits & Bandages Dispensers are clearly needed for every type of sudden emergency. We’ve put these supplies conveniently together in our Pocket First Aid Kit, Frosty Stripe First Aid Kit, Basic First Aid Kit, and Compact and Large First Aid Kits, among many others. Also hand out our First Aid Wallet, Color Bandage Dispenser, Nuvo Bandage Dispenser, and Economy Bandage Dispenser.

Educate your community about safety with our First Aid Medical Emergencies Key Points, Identity Theft Protection Info Slider, and First Aid Safety Tips Slider. Provide visibility during the day, night, or poor weather with our Reflective Safety Vest, Light Up Reflective Band, Reflective Safety Velcro Band, Reflective Zipper Pulls, and Reflective Slap Wristband. Women will especially appreciate our Pepper Spray Key Tag for sudden self-defense.

Of course, it’s critical that everyone stay refreshed when coping with an emergency situation. Our eight pages of Custom Sport Bottles & Water Bottles contain every color and contemporary design, from the Transtone Sports Bottle to the PET Bottle With Infuser to the Frosted Fitness Bottle and so much more.

September is National Preparedness Month, the perfect time to reinforce your message of safety throughout your community. Click here for more information.

Posted by Jeff Tone

At Promos On-Time, we want children to have fun and stay safe. When riding their bicycles or playing in the playground, there are certain rules they need to keep in mind to protect themselves.

Each year, thousands of kids wind up in emergency rooms due to bike accidents. Children must wear a helmet every time they ride, since a head injury can impair the brain. Make sure that the helmet features a sticker stating that it adheres to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards.

First, bike helmets should be a comfortable fit. Children should avoid wearing hats underneath. Helmets should be level and cover the forehead, not tipped back. Make sure to fasten the straps. Riders should not be at risk of having the helmet fly off their heads. The straps should be tight enough so that the helmet can’t be twisted. After a crash that affects the helmet, buy a new one. Reflective stickers on the helmet increase visibility, as do bright clothes and bike reflectors.

Bicycle seats, handlebars and wheels should be a tight fit. The chain should be oiled. Brakes should not stick; they should stop the bike immediately. Tires should have enough air and tire pressure.

Loose pants, backpack straps and long shoelaces don’t belong on bikes, since they can get caught in the chain. Children should wear sneakers, not sandals, flip-flops, or cleats. Riding barefoot is completely unacceptable. Kids should hear clearly while riding, which means avoiding wearing headphones.

Parents should establish how far their children are allowed to ride. Those under 10 must stay on the sidewalk. Bike routes free of cars are the best choice for kids. They should be ready for big hills and possible hazards, including wet leaves, puddles, uneven roads, rocks, and curbs.

Other rules include keeping one’s hands on the handlebars; looking right and left for traffic; crossing only at intersections, not between parked cars; walking bikes across heavily trafficked intersections in the crosswalk; obeying traffic signals; riding the bike on the right side of the street with the traffic, not against it; using designated bike lanes; avoiding riding too close to parked cars, since doors can suddenly open; obeying stop signs and red lights; riding with friends single file; passing others, including bikers and people, on the left, and learning bike hand signals.

Playground Safety

While children enjoy the outdoors, recreation, and their friends’ company at playgrounds, parents should be certain that the equipment isn’t faulty, the surfaces are smooth, and that youngsters play safely. Thousands of kids are treated in hospitals as a result of playground accidents that are avoidable.

Children should be taught important playground safety rules. They should not push others or use equipment improperly. They must check that other kids are not in their way (for example on slides), wear clothes without drawstrings or cords and wear sunscreen. They should also remain at a distance from those using swings and seesaws. On climbing equipment, kids should use both hands and stay well away from others. Such equipment should not have too many children on them at the same time.

In addition, parents should make sure that playground equipment is used properly and safely. Children should only play when adults are watching. They should be able to clearly see youngsters as they play.

Adults must check that the playground surface is soft and thick in case a child falls. Children should not play on blacktop, asphalt, concrete, grass, soil, and packed earth. The surface should not have puddles, tree stumps and rocks that could cause children to fall. It should also not have metal or broken glass. Rubber mats, wood chips, and sand are safe surfaces.

Finally, equipment should be appropriate for different age groups. Areas for younger children should be apart from those for older kids. Guardrails and protective barriers should be in place where needed. Moving parts, such as swings and seesaws, must be separate from other equipment. There can be no spaces that could trap any part of a child’s body. Equipment must not be broken, cracked, splintered, or rusting.

Present children with Promos On-Time educational tools and reminders that raise safety awareness:

  • Children can review important safety rules and enjoy activities that reinforce the lessons with our Practice Bicycle Safety and Playground Safety Coloring & Activity Books.
  • Hand out Nontoxic Crayons with the Coloring & Activity Books.
  • As kids enjoy recreational activities, they’ll build up a thirst. They’ll appreciate our Bike and Sports Bottles. Be sure to add your safety message.
  • Hand out our Safety Reflective Stickers and Strips to help keep kids safe and visible in the evening. Reward them for wearing their helmets while bike riding with our Helmet Safety Smart Stickers. Also hand out Play It Safe! Stickers as children enjoy playground activities.

    Personalize a wide selection of childrens's health and safety reminders and hand them out at community centers, police & fire stations or in schools.

    Posted by Jeff Tone

  • Fire Prevention Education Fire Safety Month is of course in October; however, the dangers from fires never take time off. Therefore, educating the public is of the utmost importance in every community. Even the smallest spark can lead to uncontrollable infernos consuming thousands or acres of forests, neighborhoods, and cause immeasurable damage and heartbreak. Human habits and Mother Nature both contribute to this devastation. Although there may not be much to do about nature, communities can reeducate their neighbors one how to do their best to change certain behaviors, such as tossing out lit cigarette butts, improperly disposing of hot charcoal, and to adhere to fire bans when given.

    In conjunction with educating on fire prevention, there is a great need to instruct the community on what to do in the home to protect against fires and what to do should a fire break out. There are several means for firefighters and city officials to get the message out about fire safety. For example, they can turn to local news outlets, public facilities such as libraries or schools, as well as online forums or social media sites. These avenues of communication will offer the maximum amount of publicity without the need to waste time on canvassing neighborhoods or mailing out letters, which is time that could be spent educating the community.

    Fire safety professionals will find it easier to inform the public with helpful tools that can be given out to the public as constant reminders of fire prevention awareness. Customizable products such as the following will aid in helping children understand.

  • Escaping Fire Danger Coloring & Activity Book
  • Fire Safety Coloring & Activity Book
  • A Trip To The Fire Station Coloring & Activities Book
  • Practice Fire Safety Coloring & Activities Book
  • Stop, Drop & Roll Stickers
  • Children's Plastic Fire Safety Hat

    There are item for families as well like the following, which will aid in being reminders and help in planning.

  • Home Fire Hazards Pocket Guide
  • Fire Hazards & Escape Plan Pocket Slider
  • First Aid Safety Tips Slider
  • Fire Safety Handout Bag - 9" x 12"
  • Fire & Home Safety Slider

    Experts should be sure to include a message about preventing forest fires, especially during the summers months when camping is a very popular family activity. In addition, bringing awareness about how important it is for the home to have properly functioning fire and carbon monoxide alarms, is imperative. Many tragedies could have been avoided if only the home was equipped with these life saving devices. This can be done by a simple calendar magnet handout, so the family can get on a schedule of regularly testing the alarms and replacing the batteries.

    A community that is fire prevention educated is a much stronger and safer place for all its residents. When all humans habits are changed, every kid sees firefighters as real people instead of fun characters in a book, each home is equipped with working fire alarms, and all families have real plans on what to do in the event of a fire, only then will the need to educate be done. Until then, these important messages need to continue throughout the year in every neighborhood across the country. Act today, don’t let a preventable fire devastate your community or your family.

    Visit our full selectoin of fire safety promotional items. Choose from stock designs with valuable messages, or create your own imprint on a wide choice of products.

  • Posted by Jack Davis

    National Safety MonthJune is National Safety Month. This is the perfect opportunity for health care professionals to offer important educational classes, lectures, and fairs on preventing accidents and injuries. There are several goals for Safety Month, such as reducing the cost associated with emergency room visits, reducing health care costs, educating the public how to implement good common sense thinking, and keeping the general public safe.

    Reduced ER Costs Means More Funds for Research and Development

    By reducing the number of visits annually to the emergency room by the public, a hospital will have funds available for other necessities. For example, there would be more in the budget to expand patient care services, to upgrade equipment, the ability to hire more staff, and to have a larger research budget for the research of diseases, such as cancer.

    Lower Hospital Bills

    In addition, a reduction in emergency room visits would affect budgeting. In fact, it would have a positive outcome on the cost of health care services. This is due to the hospitals having to recover much of the cost for ER visits by raising fees and prices in other areas. For instance, when patients cannot afford to pay the cost of their visit, the hospital may recover that loss by increasing the cost per night for a private room or the cost for anesthesia.

    Education and Common Sense

    Health care professionals can arrange lectures or classes for both adults and children to learn many common sense guidelines on living, playing, and working safer. Community centers, schools, businesses, and lecture halls are all great locations to inform the public. Informative customizable materials and items can be given out at these gatherings.

    Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

    For adults, the following are perfect to help them remember the importance of safety and what to do in case of an accident.

  • Safety Wall Calendar
  • Safety Pocket Calendar
  • Preparing for Natural Disasters Pocket Guide
  • Cross Country Highway Kit
  • Travel Mug Safety Incentive with Slogan
  • Frequently Called Numbers Refrigerator Magnet
  • There are also items for kids to keep safety on their minds, as well as to keep them safe.

  • Whistle Key Ring
  • Light Up Reflective Band
  • Reflective Slap Wristband
  • Lunch Bag Safety Incentive with Slogan (great for adults too)
  • Home Safety Coloring & Activity Book
  • Preventing injuries and accidents is a large part of National Safety Month. However, this is not the only goal of health care providers. The benefits for a safer environment at home, play, and work reach far beyond just reducing the number of annual ER visits. A safer community affects everyone in the neighborhood from children to young adults to the aging generations. If everyone took safety seriously, those benefits mentioned above would begin to blossom. Furthermore, with education comes knowledge. This is equally true when residents learn how to avoid simple but harmful mistakes that lead to ER visits, how to react in a disaster situation, what the first steps should be in the event of an accident, and all the other important information the health care professionals share. It all matters and makes a difference in a community’s overall safety.

    Posted by Mike Lerner

    Tire safetyIf you manage or own an automotive, tire, or even a dealership, Tire Safety Week is a great time for extra advertising. Not only that, but you will be informing your customers all about the importance of maintaining their tires. Most drivers behind the wheel pay very little attention, if any, to their tires unless they have a flat or blowout. However, this could have costly as well as tragic consequences. Many vehicles on the road are equipped with warning bells and/or lights for tire pressure somewhere on the dashboard; sadly, they can be easily overlooked or ignored.

    National Tire Safety Week is usually one week in June. During this week, automotive related businesses can take it upon themselves to inform and educate the public about proper tire maintenance and the importance of maintaining the correct tire pressure. While doing so, companies can hand out customized products to get the message across while keeping their business name in the minds of the consumers. Items such as the following are a great start and can be given to customers with a tire safety tip card, information sheets on when to schedule tire rotations, balancing, and when to purchase new tires.

    Tire-Tread Tire Pressure Gauge – Tire pressure gages are a must- have in every vehicle. They will tell the driver what the current pressure is and if the tires need to be inflated or slightly deflated for optimum driving pressure.

    Multi-Function Keychain Light – Having a flashlight readily available in an emergency can make all the difference. If a driver has a flat on a dark road, fumbling around looking for a light can take time away from getting the tire changed and back on the road quickly.

    3 In 1 Emergency Tool Set – This item is perfect to keep right in a side door pocket or the glove box. Should the driver need to suddenly check the tire pressure, day or night, they can do so right away.

    Reflective Safety Vest – Having a safety vest in the vehicle will make the driver more noticeable should a blow out or flat happen and the driver has to exit the car. This way passing traffic can easily spot the driver and move over if possible.

    Auto Cargo Box – This item will help in keeping tire maintenance and emergency supplies organized and ready for use.

    Visor Notepad – This may not seem to be tire safety related; however, this is handy to have in a vehicle should important information need to be written down immediately. For example, if the driver has to call a tow company to change a tire for any reason, there is something to jot down the phone number, company name, and the tow truck driver’s name.

    Helpful products like these are not only useful for customer, but they are extremely useful to the businesses giving them out. Each time the client checks the tire pressure or uses the flashlight for instance, they will be reminded of the lifesaving information about tire safety and the company that informed them. Why? Because the business logo, address, phone number, and so on can be printed right on all the items.

    Posted by Jack Davis

    Safety MonthNational Safety Month is about focusing on awareness. Injuries leading to an OSHA recordable lost time incident can be prevented with proper awareness of safety procedures. During the month of June, extra safety classes and/or seminars can be hosted to ensure all employees are aware of the correct techniques for lifting heavy items, caring them to a different location, and how properly to operate any company machinery.

    Office managers need to be sure all new and existing staff members are up to date on all implemented safety policies. This can be done through creating Safety Manuals and handouts that are customized with important safety messages. Catch slogans are another great way to keep employees’ awareness on safety matters. For example, “The Right Way is the Safe Way,” “Safety Starts with You,” or “Safety First” are just a few of the more popular ones.

    Using items that have been imprinted with these messages or slogans will ensure that staff will have a reminder. Some great products that are likely to be used daily are as follows.

  • Lunch Bag Safety Incentive with Slogan
  • Drawstring Backpack Safety Incentive with Slogan
  • Safety Wall Calendar
  • Reflective Safety Vest
  • ANSI Safety Hard Hat
  • 4-in-1 Turbo Radio Light
  • Indoor/Outdoor Entry Mat
  • Travel Mug Safety Incentive with Slogan
  • Safety Is Up To Us T-Shirt
  • Engraining the importance of safety into each employees will prevent costly time loss accidents, as well and the little ones too. Everyone needs to know there is a right way to do his or her job duties and a wrong way, and the wrong way could get them hurt. To accomplish this, businesses need to implement strict safety policies right away.

    One of the first steps in implementing these policies is safety awareness. Business owners and managers can have signage created with little reminders at each workstation on how to remain safe. Using banners like "Zero Accidents" or "Team Safety - Together, Smarter, Safer" are perfect reminders as well. Posting either around areas where the potential to have an accident like around dish washing stations, frying vats, machinery, and so on is always a good idea.

    Focus on safety should not stop at National Safety Month and with the right manuals, signage, banners, and customizable products companies will ensure their staff remains safe while on the job. Just one reportable time loss accident can range from $10,000 to $20,000 depending on the accident. There are also many hidden costs and according to the OSHA website, for each dollar spent on an accident, there are three dollars in hidden costs, such as accident clean up, time spent training a new employee while the injured one is out, and any OSHA fines that may have been incurred.

    Therefore, safety awareness not only keeps employees safety-minded and production up, but also will keep the company’s budget from taking a big hit. No business wants to deal with workers compensation claims or the loss of a valuable employee. June may be Safety Month, but safety awareness continues throughout the year.

    Posted by Jack Davis

    Safety Month GiveawaysLoss of time incidents are the dread of any business owner and manager. They are costly, reduce employee morale, stunt productivity, and gluttonously eat away valuable time. In addition, there are all the headaches associated when a company has to report these serious accidents to OSHA. There will be an investigation and mounds of paperwork to deal with, let alone having one of the team seriously hurt. Each June is National Safety Month and business can utilize this time to bring safety to the forefront.

    Even the smallest accident has the potential to be a loss of time incident. Therefore, every company needs to take safety seriously. Mistakes are going to happen, but having stern procedures on how each task and duty is to be carried out in the utmost safest manner will reduce many of them. Also, keeping staff members conscious of best safety practices will assist in cutting down on errors that could lead to accidents.

    Although a company’s safety standards need to be taken seriously, there is nothing in the rules that says supervisors cannot remind staff with a little sweet treat that has been customized with a memorable safety message. Some examples are, Think Safety Chocolate Bar, Think Safety Lollipop with Imprinted Stick, Safety Reminder Mini Hershey Chocolate Bars, Safety Is No Accident Wrapped Spearmint Candies, Think Safety Chocolate Gold Coins, or It Can't Hurt To Be Too Safe Chocolate Bar.

    There are imprinted items that can be handed out as incentives and with safety educational material as well. For example, LED Light Key Tag Safety Incentive with Slogan, Stainless Steel Grip Bottle Safety Incentive with Slogan, Safe Team Soup Mug Set, Safety First Lapel Pin, and Mini Hard Hat Keychain are all fun and useful. The speaker or manager at the safety meeting can hand these out to each employee to keep the message they just heard fresh on their minds.

    Some important points to get across during any safety conscious seminar are as follows.

  • Proper lifting (like bending at the knees, not the back)
  • When to use teamwork to move oversized items
  • How safely to operate machinery, including office equipment
  • The importance of keeping his or her work area clean
  • Removing any hazards one may see while at work (spills or objects that could cause a fall)
  • Utilizing proper safety gear at all times when required
  • To use common sense in every situation and think things through
  • Getting these points engrained in employee’s minds will assist greatly in the reduction of on the job accidents. In fact, many of these points can even carryover to off the job as well. If an employee is injured at home, this can still affect the company’s bottom line by possibly having to train a new person. Therefore, any means to keep safety on his or her mind far beyond National Safety Month is a good thing - what is better than a treat or an incentive they will continue to use. Of course, having such items customized to include safety messages and slogans makes it more certain they will stay safe.

    Posted by Jack Davis

    Safety Month PlanningAs the next Safety Month approaches, you can plan top-notch meetings and/or seminars to really get the message to stick. This is a great opportunity to educate staff members on the company’s safety procedures. However, it is never too soon to plan and get prepared. There will need to be presentations, at least one speaker, handout materials, and promos/giveaways. These meetings will showcase workplace safety techniques and procedures. So, making sure everything is taken care of from A to Z will ensure it all goes smoothly.

    When prepping for the meetings, be sure to keep the following in mind.

    Presentations – There are several types of presentations you can use, such as slides, short movies, graphs, illustrations, PowerPoint, black or white boards, demonstrations, and more. Keep them interesting, fun and to the point. This will capture and hold the attendees’ attention. Humor is another way to present the material and keep it from becoming mundane. For example, there can be slides of comedic accidents that can be the lead in to discussing real potential hazards in the workplace.

    Speaker(s) – An outside speaker can be hired or a supervisor or manager can be the one to speak. If you go with an outside speaker, choose one from a safety company who offers experts with many years of experience. If you go with someone within the company, be sure there is enough time to rehearse and get down exactly what needs to be covered.

    Handout Materials – These can be pamphlets covering safety techniques, Safety Pocket Calendar, First Aid Safety Tips Slider, flyers, and other materials to help drive home the message.

    Promos/Giveaways – These items are one of the easiest to plan. There are many options and all of which can be customized with the meeting’s safety motto and other important and memorable safety message. Some of the safety-imprinted items are Mini Hard Hat Keychain, Drawstring Backpack Safety Incentive with Slogan, Team Safety T-Shirt, Travel Mug Safety Incentive with Slogan, Hard Had LED Key Chain, and ANSI Safety Hard Hat.

    Topics – Keep the topics interesting and upbeat. Be sure to cover topics such as the importance for following procedures, using safety equipment, how to operate equipment correctly, why there should not be any goofing off while performing job duties, the need to stay safety-minded, and so on.

    In addition, posting signage around the company in high accident areas will be constant reminders that accidents can happen at any time and safety needs to be practiced at all times. Customizable banners are a great option for this. There are even some ready to be posted with perfect safety messages, like one that reads, "Team Safety - Together, Smarter, Safer." June may be National Safety Month, but prepping now will ensure the meetings and lectures are executed with precision. The sooner you have everything pulled together, the easier it will be when June arrives. When the presentations go well, the entire company will have and keep the safety goals on their minds.

    Posted by Jack Davis

    Don't just educate – motivate as well during National Safety Month in June. If employees are not really motivated about safety, they will be less likely to want to follow the guidelines. This can spell disaster for a business's bottom-line, not to mention the danger to staff members.

    Safety education done with fun and easy to remember methods and policies can go a long way with employees and can be very effective. However, this alone may not do the trick to drive home the importance of safety on and off the job. Consider offering incentives for safety milestones that are reached and beat. This will reinforce your message far past June once Safety Month is over.

    A company's productivity weighs heavily on reducing or eliminating loss of time accidents on the job. The majority of these accidents can usually be prevented by following the proper safety procedures. This is because when one of these accidents occur, it causes a domino effect of events and costs. For example, the injured worker will have down time, someone will need to be trained to take over his or her duties while they recover, the cost of worker's comp, and the list goes on. Of course, the worst-case scenario would be if someone were fatally injured.

    Therefore, doing what it takes to ensure the lessons from Safety Month are understood by everyone and that they are retained are extremely important.

    Make the safety meeting mandatory, but not boring. Post bright cheerful banners and signage around the company and in the employees break area such as custom balloons and banners. Promotional items can be customized to include the meeting information and a catchy safety slogan. They can also include a brief of the various activities and topics that will be covered. For instance, commuting safely to work, clutter free workspace, safe equipment handling, proper safety gear, and any other topic related to your company's industry.

    Some great incentives to offer employees to keep them motivated are pizza parties, cake or cupcake days, company swag (which can be imprinted with safety messages), and bonuses. These safety incentive products all make perfect awards for your staff:

  • Zero Accidents T-Shirt
  • Safety Reminder Mini Hershey Chocolate Bars
  • Super Star Lapel Pin
  • Magnet Men Clips
  • Safe Team Soup Mug Set
  • Stainless Steel Grip Bottle Safety Incentive with Slogan
  • Safety First Lapel Pin
  • Safety Hard Hat
  • Custom Photo Dome Lapel Pins
  • Lunch Bag Safety Incentive with Slogan
  • Not only are these motivators nice to give a company’s staff, they will also serve as constant reminders to keep safety first. These customizable rewards are budget friendly as well. Therefore, they are a win-win for everyone. The company gains employees eager to work in a safe manner and the employees feel appreciated for their efforts.

    Posted by Jack Davis