As winter approaches, we always like to keep people thinking and talking about safety. Our first priority is always focusing on accidents which shouldn’t occur. Winter always brings everything from slips and falls, keeping warm and dry, to monitoring your carbon monoxide detectors.
Here are some helpful tips for business owners:
- Do not allow plowed snow to remain in a parking lane after most snow has melted. Slips and falls can occur as people enter and leave their vehicles.
- Be sure to remove re-melted snow and ice after the application of winter salt.
- Adequately sand or salt walkways. The appearance of a clear path may cause people to proceed with less caution.
- Remove snow that may have been plowed into a parking space during emergency snow removal.
- Remove excess snow around curbs. Accumulation of snow in a parking area next to a curb has the potential for creating serious injuries.
- Do not allow ice to accumulate in parking lots. Deal with snow and ice immediately.
- Mop all entrances and exits regularly to prevent water accumulation.
- Make sure that handrails on stairways and walkways are secure. If someone fell and grabbed the rail, it would be exceptionally dangerous if the railing was not secure.
- Point out the obvious. Post signs of caution in areas that are hazardous.
Share these helpful winter tips with your employees:
- Require employees to wear anti-slip footwear (meaning no leather- or plastic-soled shoes). High heels should not be worn outdoors during winter weather. When walking across ice or snow, be sure to take short, flat steps.
- Walk. Don’t run. Slowing down will decrease the chances of a slip and fall.
- When entering a building, remember to shake your umbrella outside and clean your footwear thoroughly on the floor mats or carpet.
- Once inside a building, don’t walk too fast and avoid making sharp changes in directions.
Useful tips to stay healthy and safe in general:
- Winterize your home: Look (and feel) for gaps in doors, windows and the attic that cause drafts and seal them with weather stripping, insulation, caulking, towels or rags. Make sure to close off unused rooms as well as close draperies and cover windows at night. Additionally, it is important to have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working properly and ventilated.
- Install a CO detector: Carbon monoxide is an invisible gas that does not have an odor and is deadly. A CO detector can alert you to the presence of this gas. Become familiar with the symptoms of CO poisoning – headaches, nausea, and confusion – and seek medical attention immediately if suspected.
- Limit time outdoors to less than 10 minutes whenever possible (cabin fever may warm us up in this cold).
- Warm your body from the inside with hot liquids (e.g. soups, tea, coffee).
- Dress appropriately. Wear multiple layers of loose clothing; cover ears, head, face, hands and feet
- Keep dry with water-repellant items and remove wet clothing immediately. And pay special attention to snow or other precipitation getting under your sleeves or into your boots.
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