March Safety Starts At Home

Standing, A Young Couple Holds Hands In the Shape of a House above their child representing Home Safety

Incidents Can Follow You Home

How can you best prepare for safety, no matter where you are? It is important to remember that most incidents don't happen in the workplace. We often see accidents while driving or hear about incidents from friends — Consider alone the accidents that have caused injury to you or loved ones. Learn how to prepare your team, family, and home to prevent accidents and protect the ones you love around the clock. 

Maybe you know someone who:

  • Tore ligaments in their knee when a clumsy dog ran into them during a walk in the park.
  • Broke their femur while ice skating or while playing football at recess.
  • Suffered a concussion from slipping on an icy surface and hitting their head.
  • Sliced off the tip of a finger while chopping an onion.
  • Strained their back when they tried to look cool leaning on a counter—but misjudged the distance, missed the counter altogether, and fell.

Avoiding Safety Incidents Outside Of Work

While incidents do occur onsite within Construction and Manufacturing, an even higher number of these incidents happen outside the workplace. It is critical to stay alert. So, how can you and your crew always be ready for anything?

Making Your Home As Safe As Possible 

Even though the jobsite is more dangerous than your living room, the hazards you face at work are better defined, more clearly understood, and more effectively controlled than the hazards in your home. Over the next few weekends, take some time to put together a home safety evaluation. You can walk from room to room and identify and resolve the following:

  1. Kitchen hazards: Are there dull or easy knives for children to reach?
  2. Bathroom hazards: Would a bathmat prevent a slip and fall? Does the hair dryer get plugged into an old outlet that isn’t protected by a GFCI?
  3. Known hazards: Are there jobs that need doing but keep getting overlooked, like a loose stair tread that needs to be secured or a dryer vent that needs to be cleaned out?
  4. Fire hazards: Make sure there are two ways out of every room. If one exit is a window, will an air conditioning unit or security bars keep someone from getting out? When did you last test smoke and fire alarms
  5. Ventilation problems: Vent hoods and ducts for ranges and chimneys for fireplaces and wood stoves need to be inspected and cleaned to prevent fires and air pollution in the home.

Opening The Door For Safety Conversations

If one of your people is in an accident or at the bedside of a child who’s had an accident, that employee isn’t coming to work. Safety Meetings Outlines can help save lives and keep those nearest to you well. Below are methods that can be applied daily to keep your team at its safest:

  • Promote better observation team-wide with our Weekly Safety Meetings.
  • Challenge your team to identify any new changes and what hazards they present.
  • Get your team to think critically about what they see.
  • Motivate your team to uncover new ways to eliminate hazards.
  • Praise your team for speaking up when they observe something unsafe or unusual. 
  • Leverage our Construction And Maintenance Daily Log Book to capture and secure jobsite records.

For more specific service information on how we can help you keep yourself, your team, and your families safe (without breaking the bank), visit our Product Pages for Construction or Manufacturing.

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