Holiday Safety Tips for Work & Home
Check decorations, lights, extension cords and electrical outlets for damage before using. They can overheat and start a fire. Before leaving work or home, turn off all indoor, outdoor decorations and desk heaters. Blow out any candles or use battery powered candles to decrease risk. Make sure decorations and artificial trees are flame resistant or fireproof. Using a “real” tree?Keep it well watered.
Don’t block aisles, exits, exit signs or sprinklers with decorations.Don’t place holiday displays, decorations, trees or electrical cords where people may trip. Use a ladder to reach high places. Wear proper out door footwear — well-insulated, waterproof, thick, non-slip tread soles made of natural rubber, with wide low heels. Prevent trip/fall hazards.
Make sure outdoor areas have adequate lighting, fixtures are clean, and timers have been adjusted for additional hours of darkness. When driving with low visibility, adjust speed so you are able to proceed with caution keeping an eye out for pedestrians, city vehicles or snow banks.
Use snow tires – all season tires can stiffen in the cold and provide less traction. Check your vehicle’s battery, antifreeze, wipers, windshield washer fluid, brakes and defroster before heading out. Monitor weather reports for advance warning of bad weather. Adjust your plans accordingly. Allow more time to get to where you are going and keep a safe distance from other cars.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Find ways to say “Thank You” to those working over the holidays.Increase contact with employees working alone. Make sure employees understand your violence and harassment policy and procedures, especially if employees interact with the public. Boost morale and spirit by adding some fun to the workplace during the holiday season.
Wash your hands often! Stay warm. Manage Stress! Get check-up or vaccinations. Eat healthy & be active! Keep a watchful eye on kids. Handle& prepare food safely! Read and follow the age labels, warnings, safety messages and other instructions that come with a toy. Check smoke alarms &carbon monoxide detectors are in working order! Travel safely. Avoid plugging too many lights and decorations into an outlet! Don’t drive impaired.