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  • A MESSAGE FROM YOUR IBEW LOCAL 2150 SAFETY COMMITTEE:
    Updated On: Dec 08, 2017
    Keep Safety a Priority this Holiday Season                                                                                                             
    As Andy Williams famously sang, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” But the holiday season also poses safety challenges for workers and their families. Not only is that to-do list twice as long, but weather can create road hazards and the flu bug can strike when you least expect it.
    Workplace Festivities 
                                                                                                                                                     
    With the holiday season underway, coworkers are decorating their cubicles and taking part in the office potluck. Safety+Health magazine offers these tips to help prevent injuries while celebrating on the job.
    Safe Decorating 
    When hanging decorations, use a step ladder; never stand on a chair                                                         
    Don’t hang decorations from fire sprinklers                                                                                                                          Inspect all lights, decorations and extension cords for damage before using                                                                  Avoid overloading electrical outlets with too many decorations or devices                                                   
    Extension cords should never be placed in high-traffic areas or under rugs, carpets or furniture; never nail or staple extension cords to walls                                                                                                                             
    Use appropriate length extension cords; never connect two cords together                                                                      Make sure paths are clear of tripping hazards                                                                                                                Turn off all indoor and outdoor electrical decorations before leaving
    Food Safety                                                                                                                                                                          Check for safe food-handling directions and guidelines                                                                                                Wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling food                                                                                          Serve prepared dishes on clean plates – never on dishes that previously held raw meat                                                Keep hot foods hot; USDA notes that hot foods should be kept at 140° For warmer; use chafing dishes or slow cookers  Keep cold foods cold - at 40° F or colder - by placing dishes in bowls of ice or by serving in small batches and replenishing from the refrigerator as needed                                                                                                                        Say no to foods that have been sitting out at room temperature for more than two hours                                                When planning your menu, be mindful of co-workers' food allergies
    Tis the Season for Shopping                                                                                                                                                Follow these basic safety tips to make your holiday shopping a success:                                                                            If possible shop with a buddy; it’s not only more fun, it’s safer                                                                                              Park in well-lit areas and remember where you parked                                                                                                        Keep your vehicle locked and valuables stored out of sight                                                                                                Leave your expensive jewelry and hand bags at home                                                                                                        Don’t be distracted by your cell phone; always be aware of your surroundings                                                                    Carry your purse close to your body, with your wallet in your front pocket                                                                      Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason                                                                                                          Don’t get overloaded with packages; try and keep one hand free                                                                                        Have keys in hand before you get to your vehicle                                                                                                                Before you enter your vehicle, look around for suspicious people or situations and glance inside for intruders or signs of break-in                                                                                                                                                             
    Always follow your gut; contact security or police if you feel unsafe
    Parking Lot Crashes - More Common Than You Think
    Here’s something you might not have considered: More than 50,000 crashes occur in parking lots and garage structures annually, resulting in more than 500 deaths and more than 60,000 injuries. These numbers spike during the holiday shopping season.                                                                                                             
    Distraction is one of the leading causes of parking lot incidents. In an NSC poll, 66% of drivers said they would make phone calls while driving through parking lots. Using an app to put your phone on “airplane mode” is one way to stay focused on driving.
    Beware of Online Shopping Scams                                                                                                                                      You can find lots of great deals online, but if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
    Phishing emails or advertisements on untrusted websites often are designed to steal personal or credit card information, which can lead to the nightmare of identity theft.
    Following are tips from the Department of Homeland Security for protecting your identity – and your money – online:      Do your online shopping at home and make sure your wireless network is protected                                                          Set strong passwords and change them often                                                                                                                      Do not click on links or pop-ups, open attachments or respond to emails from strangers                                                    Read online reviews and consider the reputation of the site                                                                                                Look for a secure checkout, with a web address that starts with https                                                                                The Federal Trade Commission also offers these tips to help you stay safe and secure online.
    Have a SAFE, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Committee!

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