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Tips for a happy, safe holiday season

The holiday season is upon us. It’s a time marked by hustle, bustle and distractions. Safety is Michels’ highest core value. Here are some tips to help you enjoy a safe, happy holiday season at home and work. 

AT WORK
• Avoid rushing or becoming complacent. Keep your mind and eyes on what you are doing.
• Be aware of your surroundings and correct unsafe acts and conditions. If it’s not safe, make it safe before you do it!
• Perform a thorough daily job briefing, discuss the work to be performed, hazards associated with the work, mitigations for the hazards, and specific employee tasks. Stop whenever you are unsure or have a gut feeling that something is wrong!
• Effective communication is critical. Make sure everyone understands the task at hand and are qualified and fit to perform the work.
• Work together to keep each other safe.
• Follow all rules and regulations. Use proper PPE and the right tool for the job.

AT HOME
• Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors can mean the difference between life and death. If you have one, make sure it works. If you don’t have one, buy it.
• Inspect all electrical equipment before use and don’t overload electrical circuits.
• Unplug electrical decorations when no one is around.
• Candles start two out of every five home decoration fires. Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns and extinguish them when no one is around.
• Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets or no more than 50 bulbs for screw-in light sets.
• Live Christmas tree fires are not common, but they do occur. Make sure your tree is at least 3 feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents.

WHILE DRIVING
• Obey speed limits.
• Don’t drink and drive.
• Don’t be a distracted driver, absolutely no texting!
• Check all around your vehicles before moving.
• Maintain a safe distance between vehicles.
• Always use safety belts and child safety seats.
• Avoid driving in a storm, but if you feel you must, keep your gas tank full and don't let the fuel line freeze. Let someone know where you are going, which route you are planning to take and when you expect to arrive.
• Make an emergency car kit and include at a minimum items such as blankets, a fire extinguisher, shovel, extra clothing, prescription medicines, water and food.

  • Heidi Bremer

  • Heidi Bremer is an HSE Senior Manager at Michels and has more than 10 years of experience in the industry. She coordinates and maintains programs to ensure Michels maintains its highest core value: safety.  

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