This holiday season,
what will you do to celebrate safely?

As you prepare to enjoy the season together with family and friends, make sure safety is a part of your plans. From traveling to decorating to cooking a holiday meal, when you celebrate safely, you celebrate the things that matter most.


LADDER SAFETY TIPS

No matter what job you’re facing – hanging holiday lights or onsite construction work – ladder safety is important. These tips can help keep you safe:

  1. Inspect your ladder – before you use your ladder, make sure it is ready for the job.
  2. Use the right sized ladder for the job – different jobs require different sizes and type of ladders. If you think you need to step on the top step to finish your job, you need a taller ladder! If you are going to be on a roof, make sure the ladder extends three feet above the roof elevation.
  3. Don’t stretch yourself – overstretching or reaching on a ladder can be very dangerous. Be sure to position your ladder so you can easily and comfortably reach what you are working on.
  4. Remember 3 points of contact – keep three points of contact with your ladder at all time to prevent falls and slippage. Two feet, one hand or two hands one foot as you are climbing.
  5. Bring a friend – have someone on hand to assist in holding the ladder safely.

KITCHEN SAFETY TIPS

Food is a big part of any celebration. Kitchens can be full of hazards and extremely dangerous – open ovens, electrical appliances, and not to mention the knives! Here are some tips on how to keep you and your family safe while you’re cooking up your next party:

  1. Avoid cross contamination of food – when slicing, dicing, and mixing, be sure to keep surfaces clean and avoid using dishes that may have touched kitchen hazards – like raw meat, raw eggs, or cleaning solutions.
  2. Be aware of the temperature – keep foods at the temperatures that suit them. Raw meat and certain dairy products can spoil easily – so be sure to properly store them.
  3. Wipe up spills – keep the floor dry to avoid fall hazards while you cook.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand – this device can prevent a disaster. Make sure you have one on hand and know how to use it in case a fire breaks out.
  5. Be aware of others in your cooking area – keep small children and others away from hot stoves, ovens, pots and pans. When finished cooking turn pan handles inward to reduce the opportunity for accidental spills and potential burn hazards.

TRAVEL SAFETY TIPS

The holidays are a popular and often necessary time for traveling. With wintery weather, distractions from passengers, and other hazards, there are plenty of opportunities to take extra precautions. Here are some tips on how to keep you and your family safe while you’re traveling this season:

  1. Update your emergency kit – if traveling by car, be sure your emergency kit is stocked and updated before your big trip.
  2. Maintain your vehicle – have your vehicle inspected and tires checked before a long drive.
  3. Map your route and share it – prepare for your trip by understanding your route and planning for heavier holiday traffic.
  4. Watch the weather – icy weather can create driving hazards. Watch the weather and temperature on your route.
  5. Don’t travel too long – take breaks as needed (every two to three hours is recommended) to rest, stretch and clear your head. This will help you keep alert.

LIFTING SAFETY TIPS

Using safe lifting techniques can help prevent back and other injuries. Here is a list of tips on how to keep yourself safe when moving large packages and items:

  1. Don’t pick it up – eliminate manual lifting if possible – use a dolly!
  2. Ask for help – if you need to lift a heavy load, ask for help! In general, if the load is heavier than 50 pounds, ask for help when lifting it.
  3. Use proper lifting techniques – stand close to the item, squat by bending at your knees and hips, and lift with your legs rather than your back.
  4. Watch your form – don’t bend or twist your back sideways when lifting, and do not lift an object if you’re in an awkward position.
  5. Don’t drop it! – when you’re ready to set down the load, let your legs carry the weight down – keep your fingers and toes clear of the item before setting it down

DRIVING SAFETY TIPS

Cell phones are a big and dangerous distraction to drivers. Here is a list of tips on how to keep yourself safe in the driver’s seat:

  1. Put it away – don’t talk on your cell phone or text when driving. It can wait!
  2. Pull over – if you need to make a call or send a text, pull off to a safe parking area to do so.
  3. Hand’s free is still distracted – hands free devices are immensely distracting to drivers. Avoid using them when on the road.