The Champion

Practice Safety On Your Own Time Too

Contributed by SafetySmart

You are much more likely to be injured on your own time than at work.

That is why you need to practice living safely 24 hours a day, not just the eight or so when you are on the job.

National Safety Council statistics indicate seven out of eight fatalities and over half of disabling injuries for workers happen away from the job.

Here are some suggestions for practicing good safety habits off the job:

  • Wear your seatbelt any time you are in a moving vehicle.
  • Never drive after drinking or taking drugs which could cause impairment.
  • Get enough sleep, particularly before you drive or do other tasks requiring you to remain alert.
  • Install enough fire extinguishers and smoke alarms in your home. Check them regularly to make sure they will work when needed.
  • Schedule regular family fire drills so everyone can practice getting out safely in case of a fire.
  • Get rid of tripping and slipping hazards around your home. Check for items left on the stairs, ice on sidewalks and steps, cords crossing traffic areas. Clean up spills promptly, and install non-slip flooring in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Store any hazardous substances according to safety guidelines. Keep flammable liquids in a well-ventilated area away from any sources of ignition. Chemicals such as pesticides and cleaning compounds must be stored under lock and key, out of the reach of children. Follow directions to use these materials safely, wearing the correct Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Wear the right PPE for any job around the home, just as you would at work. Lawn-mowing and operating other power tools calls for protective eyewear and safety footwear. Weekend construction and pruning projects require hard hats.
  • Avoid electrocution by using electrical equipment safely. You must be protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter when you use powered tools in any damp environment or outdoors. Take care to not overload electrical circuits with appliances, computers, sound systems and other devices.
  • Lift safely no matter where you are. Off-the-job appliance and furniture moving accounts for many bad backs.
  • Learn how to do sports and other recreational pursuits safely. Wear the right gear to protect yourself from injury and exercise regularly. You reduce the chances of getting hurt if you keep fit.

These are just some of the areas you should pay attention to in preventing accidents off the job. You probably have lots of other suggestions. Share them with your co-workers.

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