The Most Important Holiday Safety Tips for Employees

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Holiday safety hazards linger from Thanksgiving to mid-January, with the annual surge of travel, time in the kitchen and use of decorations. With this in mind, encourage your employees to heed the following tips for an injury-free season.

Travel smart
In 2015, 273 people were killed on Christmas Day in automobile accidents and 355 on New Year’s Day, according to Injury Facts 2017. Always practice safe driving habits — but be especially cautious as more people are on the road this holiday season. Remember:

  • Determine a designated driver before holiday parties, and never accept a ride from someone who is alcohol- or substance-impaired.
  • Always wear your seatbelt and encourage others in the vehicle to do the same.
  • Put your cell phone away, keep your eyes on the road, and eliminate other driving distractions like food and in-vehicle technology.

Decorations can doom
According to the National Fire Protection Association, 12% of home candle fires occur in December, and one out of four home Christmas tree fires is caused by an electrical problem. Practice these habits in your home to avoid decoration disaster:

  • Never leave candles burning when unattended, and make sure they’re on stable surfaces out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep decorations and other combustibles at least three feet away from heat sources.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets, and unplug all decorations before leaving the house or going to sleep.
  • Do not burn wrapping paper or tree greens in the fireplace.

Avoid kitchen fires
The holidays see more people in the kitchen than any other time of year. Follow these rules to prevent cooking fires:

  • Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking.
  • Keep the stovetop free of clutter.
  • Avoid loose-fitting clothing; a gas flame or hot stove could ignite long, open sleeves.
  • Ensure smoke alarms are installed and functioning before beginning to cook.
  • Keep a UL-listed fire extinguisher in the kitchen and know how to use it. Make sure it’s rated for grease and electrical fires.

These are just few of many tips to encourage safety throughout the holidays. We hope for health and safety for you and yours, and wish you a wonderful holiday season!