#SafetyCHAMP- Holiday Safety

Holiday Safety Post

During the holidays, it’s important to follow basic safety rules. Check out these holiday safety tips and enjoy the festivities of the season injury-free!

1.) Inspect electrical decorations for damage before use. Cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections can trigger a serious shock or ignite a fire.

2.) Don’t overload electrical outlets. Overloading electrical outlets is a common cause of holiday fires. Spread your electrical devices out among multiple outlets and plug only one high-wattage appliance into each outlet at a time.

3.) Use battery-powered candles. Traditional candles fires are four times more likely during the holiday season. Battery-operated candles provide the same holiday ambiance without the hazard.

4.) Treat cords with care. To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, wedged in to small spaces such as doors or windows, tucked under rugs, put near heat sources, or attached by nails or staples.

5.) Don’t stray far from the kitchen when something is cooking. Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of home cooking fires. Makes sure someone’s on duty until the dish is done.

6.) Shut things down at bedtime. Half of home fire deaths occur between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. To be on the safe side, unplug all decorations and extinguish all candles before turning in for the night or leaving the house.

7.) Make sure your ladder is stable. When hanging decorations outside, place your ladder on firm ground. Use leg levellers under the ladder on uneven or soft ground. (You can buy them at hardware or home improvement stores.) Check the ladder’s maximum load rating to confirm that it can support both your weight and whatever you are carrying. Check all rung locks and spreader braces on the ladder to make sure they are set.

8.) Stay within your ladder’s safe zone. Center your body between the rails of the ladder at all times. Leaning too far to one side while working is dangerous and can cause you to fall. Do not stand on the top three rungs of a straight, single or extension ladder.

A happy holiday begins and ends with safety. Keep these holiday safety tips in mind as you exercise caution and you’ll be ready to enjoy the magic – and avoid the tragic – all season long.

#SafetyCHAMP- Cell phones at Gas Pumps

Cell Phones… A couple months ago, reports surfaced of incidents where drivers suffered burns and their cars severely damaged when gasoline fumes ignited at the gas pump. What was originally thought to be cell phones producing sparks from their battery packs and metal exteriors is now looking like the build up of static electricity, which occurs from normal activity.

As a precaution, mobile phone makers have printed precautions in their user handbooks that warn against mobile phones in “gas stations, fuel storage sites, and chemical factories.” Many fuel companies have also placed “warning stickers” at their gasoline stations. The threat cell phones at gas pumps pose is primarily the result of their ability to produce sparks from the build up of static electricity.

To prevent any build up while at the fuel pump, simply exit your vehicle and immediately “ground” yourself by touching the plastic part of the payment interface. This safely discharges any built up static electricity and will prevent any accidents like the ones described above. Please discuss this issue with friends and family members.

#Safety CHAMP- Attitude

Attitude_magazineA good attitude toward safety is a key to preventing unnecessary incidents and injuries. Your attitude affects your safety and the safety of everyone around you, whether you are at home or at work. We instinctively seek to avoid pain and death, yet, we behave in a manner that is a threat to our wellbeing and the wellbeing of others.

Your attitude towards your own safety is where it all begins. A hazardous attitude where a person doesn’t stop to think about the consequences of not wearing PPE or following safety procedures will eventually cause you pain and suffering. All of us need to stop and think how can we change and improve our risk taking attitude to a safe attitude.

#SafetyCHAMP- Personal Protective Equipment

Hill York employees must use personal protective equipment (PPE), but it is not a substitute for taking safety measures.

  • Head Protection: employees must wear hard hats when overhead falling or flying hazards exist.
    1. Do not drill or paint the hard hats
    2. Do not take out the straps inside the hard hat
  • Eye Protection: employees must wear safety glasses when there is a potential of something entering the eye.
  • Respiratory Protection: employees must wear protection when a potential for respiratory problems could exist.
  • Foot Protection: employees must wear work boots with slip resistant and puncture resistant.

#SafetyCHAMP Preventing Personal Injury

I often wonder why anyone, at home or at work, would make decisions to take shortcuts or simply make a decision that would put them in harm’s way.

  • We stand on the top of a ladder rather than getting a taller one.
  • We wear open toe shoes rather than changing into steel toe boats.
  • We carry more than we should, rather than getting assistance.

The thing is, situations aren’t dangerous until we make them dangerous. We don’t work in a dangerous workplace, but rather we turn a hazardous environment into a dangerous one. Simply put, not doing what we instinctively know we should puts yourself and others at risk. Too often these types of decisions lead into an accident to oneself or others.

When someone makes the decision to change their environment from hazardous to dangerous, one has to ask why? Usually it’s because we’re too busy to make a change or to pause and consider it.

Preventing personal injury is a safety goal that every individual should take pride in each day. Human decision is the number one cause of almost every injury while at home, at work, or driving. Make smart decisions to be safe and you will be able to see your family every night giving your children a loving hug.