Wrapping up our blog series 8 Winter and Holiday Safety Tips for the Workplace and Home, below are some final helpful holiday safety tips to keep in mind at home and at work throughout the remainder of the winter season.
Additional Holiday Safety Tips for the Rest of the Winter Season
Tip 6 – Keep outdoor walkways shoveled and de-iced to prevent slip and fall accidents.
In regions that get icy and snowy, keeping the outdoor walking areas free of snow and ice will be critical to minimizing the risk that slip and fall accidents will occur. While these accidents can be embarrassing, in the worst cases, they can result in serious injuries, only some of which can include:
- Bone fractures
- Neck and/or back injuries
- Head and/or brain injuries (including concussions)
- Wrist, knee and/or ankle injuries
- Tendon and ligament ruptures
- Severe strains and sprains.
With this holiday safety tip, it’s also essential to mention that keeping the areas immediately outside and inside of doorways leading to the outdoors will also be critical to preventing holiday slip and fall accidents.
Tip 7 – Be cautious when using electric heaters.
During the holidays when it’s colder outside, it’s not uncommon for people to use indoor space heaters at home and/or work. While these devices can be effective, economical sources of heat, they can also be dangerous if:
- They are older.
- They are plugged into sketchy outlets.
- They are left unattended.
- People don’t follow the instructions when using them.
So, if you, your colleagues and/or your family members will be using indoor space heaters this holiday (and winter) season, be sure that everyone is on the same page regarding how to safely and appropriately use these heaters.
Tip 8 – Have a fire extinguisher on hand and know how to use it.
Both at home and work, having a working fire extinguisher that is easily accessible is important always – but is all the more critical during the holidays and wintertime when there can be additional fire hazards. So, if you, your colleagues and/or your family members are not familiar with how to properly use fire extinguishers, make sure the inexperienced people get a lesson how to use these essential safety devices.
A helpful acronym to remember when it comes to appropriately using fire extinguishers is PASS:
- Pull the pin out of the top of the extinguisher – Releasing the pin lets the extinguisher discharge its contents.
- Aim the nozzle of the extinguisher at the base of the fire – Shooting the extinguisher’s contents at the base of the fire is key to effectively extinguishing it.
- Squeeze the lever towards the handle of the extinguisher slowly – This will start to release the extinguisher’s contents. When the lever is released, the contents will stop being discharged.
- Sweep the extinguisher from side to side – This movement can help diminish and put out the fire.
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