Avoid These 5 Holiday Hazards To Be Safe
Here’s hoping that your organization experiences a wonderful holiday season filled with joy and merriment. However, this year the Covid crisis may again disrupt some of our seasonal traditions and celebrations.
Safety practices, such as proper disinfection, limited capacity, and practicing social distancing, are our new normal. For example, there may be less attendees at your holiday party or these events may be rescheduled or canceled altogether.
But, with our focus on reducing the spread of Covid, we should review some other common seasonal safety hazards.
1. DON’T GET OVEREXTENDED
Extension cords are often brought temporarily into our buildings to power holiday lights and other decorations, but then these cords often remain in place all year posing fire/electrical hazards.
Extension cords are designed to be used on a temporary basis only. Two examples of this temporary type of use includes, a tool to be used during construction or to power an overhead projector for a presentation.
Extension cords should also be UL- listed. In addition, they should never be “daisy chained” or overload an electrical outlet when plugged in.
Daisy Chaining – The practice of plugging multiple extension cords into each other.
Extension cords are often incorrectly used with space heaters. If space heaters are permitted at your facilities, they must shut off automatically if they are knocked over, be UL-listed, not be left running when unattended and never be plugged into extension cords.
A typical problem occurs when an employee’s workstation (perhaps a monitor or a security guard) is located near a door. If this employee is cold, someone may string a line of extension cords together with a space heater at the end. While this may warm up the employee, it can cause some of the hazards we have just explained, as well as a potential trip/fall incident.
UL Listed - A UL listing ensures that a product is safe, properly designed and manufactured. A product bearing the UL listing stamp has been tested and verified to meet the UL standards for safety.
2. ONE STEP AT A TIME
When decorating areas, it is always tempting to stand on top of a nearby table or chair to hang up holiday decor or artwork. This shortcut will often lead to serious falls and a costly workers’ compensation claim.
Choosing to pull out a stepladder is a much better alternative than standing on furniture. The stepladder provides a more stable and level surface when hanging up any work by young artists or other seasonal decorations.
Next Week: LIGHT THE WAY