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Commentary: Manage a Safe Holiday Season

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Commentary: Manage a Safe Holiday Season

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"You'll shoot your eye out, kid!"

This line is from one of my favorite holiday movies, A Christmas Story. This classic movie has many funny mishaps and hazards, including the age-old misadventure of freezing your tongue to a metal pole. It's with this that I'm reminded that there are particular risks at this time of year - and that it's a good opportunity to remind your employees to practice safety on and off the job during the holidays.

Hazardous travel, crowded stores, dangerous decorations and holiday parties combined with higher stress can result in accidents and injuries that could put a damper on any festive occasion. Seemingly simple activities like carrying luggage or even walking outside to-and-from work can be a disaster when ice is on the ground. Emphasize safety to your employees by reminding them to keep safety at the top of their lists.

Below are some suggestions on how to enjoy a safe and happy holiday.

Avoiding falls

Use a ladder or step stool instead of furniture to stand when you need to hang objects higher than your reach.

Set your ladder on a firm, level surface. Watch out for soft, muddy spots or uneven flooring.

Enlist a friend - ask another adult to help stabilize a ladder to prevent falls and to assist you with your efforts.

Snow and ice

Clear snow early and often. Begin when a light covering of snow is on the ground to avoid shoveling heavy, packed snow. Do not throw snow over your shoulder or to the side. This requires a twisting motion that places stress on your back.

If necessary, make sure you use salt or an alternative "de-icer" on the driveway, walkways and porch. A small patch of ice can result in a big injury.

Wear proper footwear and pay attention to what's in front of you. Ice can cause sudden and serious falls. If you find yourself falling, try to fall on your side or rear.

Road trip

Prepare your vehicle. …

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