NEWS | June 18, 2013

Balfour Beatty Communities Promotes Safety Awareness

By Balfour Beatty Communities

Have you come across the Balfour Beatty Communities Zero Harm logo or had the opportunity to meet BAL-4 or B-T, the defenders of our communities? Many of our residents recognize the Zero Harm yellow banner and our robot friends - but what do they stand for? Safety is a company focus at Balfour Beatty - safety of our residents, contractors, and employees.

Zero Harm

More than just a slogan, Balfour Beatty puts safety at the forefront of every move we make. If you notice any unsafe practices or are concerned about the safety in your home or community, please contact the Balfour Beatty Communities office at 843-797-5631.

BAL-4 & B-T

While parents and neighbors within our communities protect and serve our country, BAL-4 and his sidekick B-T educate and empower children within our communities to protect themselves and their family and to live safe and strong lives. For safety and environmental games and activities, and to learn more about BAL-4 and B-T, visit the Kids Corner section of your property website!

In celebration of National Safety Month, Balfour Beatty called on our all-star employees to share safety tips with our residents. See below for safety snippets - for the full-length articles, visit our Better Living Blog at http://betterliving.balfourbeattycommunities.com.

Taken from "Distracted Behind the Wheel" by Jessica Ennis, LifeWorks Coordinator, Naval Station Mayport Homes, "Text messaging behind the wheel has become the most concerning type of distracted driving because it involves visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver. According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving without distractions. Also, sending or receiving texts while driving takes the driver's eyes off the road for approximately 4.6 seconds. This action is equivalent to driving the length of a football field, blind-folded at 55 mph.

"Luckily, distracted driving is something that is easily prevented just by being aware of your behavior. The Governor's Highway Safety Association suggests turning off your phone or silencing it before getting into your vehicle. Another tip is to set up a special message that you can send callers to let them know that you are driving. If there is an emergency, pull over to a safe area to respond. Finally, make sure you are familiar with local laws as many states prohibit the use of hand- held devices while driving."
Skin Safety

Taken from "Skin Care Safety" by Kristen Connor, Naval Station Newport Homes Resident Specialist/LifeWorks Coordinator, , "Applying sunscreen to exposed areas of your body including face, neck, arms, and legs should be one of the most important things you do during your daily morning routine ... Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and 90 percent of skin cancers occur because of exposure to ultraviolet sunrays. In order to prevent skin cancer, you should apply at least a 30 SPF or higher sunscreen every single day. Just because it is hazy or cold outside, does not mean you should forget about wearing sunscreen that day. The sun's ultraviolet rays can penetrate through the haze and cold to permanently damage your skin. If you plan to spend extended time in the sun, in addition to the sunscreen, you should wear protective clothing including hats and sunglasses. You should also check your body for any strange marks that may change in appearance or size."

For additional safety tips, be sure to check out the Safety page of our property website at nwmcharlestonhomes.com/resident-resources/safety.