Creating a safe environment for your family is a top priority. Serious safety hazards lurk around your home every day. Make sure you are doing everything you can do to keep your family safe. Below are some common hazards in homes:
1. Falls – unstable staircases, ice/snow on outdoor steps, slippery surfaces (e.g., bathroom floors and kids’ toys)
2. Fires – lack of smoke detectors, unattended candles, frayed wires on appliances
3. Carbon monoxide poisoning – lack of CO detector, lack of maintenance on water heaters, HVAC units, furnaces fueled by gas, oil, or coal
4. Choking – toys with loose parts, small foods (nuts or candies), unattended children, food not cut to correct proportion, which could block airways
5. Cuts – sharp objects in trash, kitchen utensils not stored prop-erly, yard tools not stored properly, sharp objects in bathroom
6. Poisoning – medications, paint, cleaning supplies not stored properly
Your work family is important as well. Creating a safe workplace starts with identifying and understanding workplace risks, particularly those that can cause severe injury to you or your co-workers. Your work activities should be reviewed daily to identify any new risks that need to be removed or managed. The four steps below can help you manage workplace risks:
1. Plan – identify and assess the risks
2. Do – eliminate or minimize the risk
3. Check – monitor your control measures
4. Act – review for continuous improvement
Whether at home or at work, your family’s safety is important each day. Don’t take risks. Remove them, so that you can enjoy time with both of your families.
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