Quick Tips

 In Tip of the Week
Rather than provide a lengthy safety tip this week based on an observation for a particular hazard or industry, we thought you might benefit from some brief tips that might be applicable to all of us.
Keeping the Beat:
Did you know that the most current rate of compressions recommended by the American Heart Association when performing CPR is 100 to 120 beats per minute? How fast is that?  A lot of CPR instructors use the song, “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees.  But that’s not the only song that has that beat.  If you need another song to use to get your beat going, Like Adele’s “Rumor Has It” or Justin Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body,” here’s a link to an updated playlist.   Link to new CPR playlist.
3 Times the Fires:
Did you know that, according to the NFPA, there are 3 times as many fires related to cooking on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year!  You start the gravy and potatoes on the stovetop, just as friends and family arrive.  It’s a typical scenario, and it accounts for many of the fires – as unattended cooking.  The tip is to stay in the kitchen while food is cooking on the stovetop.  For more safe cooking tips, download this safety tip sheet from the NFPA. NFPA Safety Tips.
Over the River and Through the Woods:
Are you driving to grandma’s house this Thanksgiving?  Of course, while driving we all know to put our phones away, but remember that distractions are not limited to communication devices.  Eating, talking to passengers, or even just changing the radio station are all distractions.  Nationwide Insurance has some good safety information regarding safe driving habits. You can find it through this link: Nationwide Driving Tips.
Lather Up:
Did you know that hand washing is one of the easiest and effective ways to prevent illness?  It’s easy, with just five steps – wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry – according to the CDC.  The key is to scrub for 20 seconds, about the length of time to sing Happy Birthday twice.  To learn more and watch a video about disease prevention and watch a video on English or Spanish, follow this link to the CDC’s page on hand washing.  CDC Hand Washing.
The Right Glove:
Do you wear gloves while working?  Are you wearing the right glove for the work you are doing?  When considering what glove to use, first think about the what you will be doing while wearing the glove.  What chemicals or thermal extremes will you be dealing with?  Will there be biological hazards?  Will you be handling sharps?  It is important to have the right glove for what you are doing. There are other considerations as well. More information is available at this site, offered by the University of California, Berkeley, Office of Environment, Health and Safety: Finding the Right Glove.
The Ladder Angle:
What do you know about ladder safety?  Whether you are using a ladder while at work, or are about to clean your gutters at home, you might need to use a ladder.  NIOSH has a free app to determine if you have the correct angle when setting up an extension ladder?  You can download it through this link:  NIOSH Ladder App. Also, if you want a quick refresher on some of the OSHA requirements for ladders, here’s a link to a youtube video:
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