This Tech Tip was originally published as the April 2016 “Safety Pins” by Philip E. Spiezio, Safety Officer, Washington County Office of the Safety Officer
US workers are actually safer on the job than in their homes or communities. According to the National Safety Council for every fatality that occurs from an injury at work there are 11 fatalities that occur from an injury at home or in communities. For every injury that occurs at work, there are approximately three off the job injuries.
- Take the time to get a ladder or a step stool instead of using a chair or 5 gallon bucket
- Refrain from placing items on the stairs—stay clean and organized
- Only open the top portion of windows to keep children from falling
- Check your smoke detectors each month
- Be sure your children know how to call for help. Remember to place the cordless phone back into its charger
- Use tools and equipment only for their intended purpose
- If frying, have a pizza pan, that is big enough to cover the pan, handy just in case you have a grease fire
- Test your ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets to be sure they are working correctly
- Turn lights on even though you don’t think you really need them
- Keep all doors and walkways clear
- Don’t try to carry too much. Keep one arm free. Make another trip
- Use the handrails when going up and down stairs
- Be sure brain is engaged before putting body into motion!