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Holiday Safety Tips

The holiday season has begun! It’s a time for fellowship, parties, good times, and safety. Safety? Yes, make sure safety is included in your holiday planning, both in the office and at home. Here are just a few safety tips.

Decorating your office (or your home)?

  • Unplug electrical decorations when no one is around. Electrical decorations should never be left on overnight at the office or at home. Turning off the decorations also conserves energy. Consider using LED lights, which are energy efficient and can save money.
  • Lighted candles or any other decorations with open flame are not permitted in the office. At home, never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes, or with any potentially flammable item.
  • Only use Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed electrical decorations. Check lights and extension cords for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, and loose connections. Make necessary repairs before you plug them in.
  • Always use a sturdy step stool or ladder to reach high places when decorating.
  • Connect no more then three strands of mini lights on any one extension cord. Extension cords should be placed against the wall to avoid tripping hazards, and around the top portions of the door opening. Don’t run cords under rugs.
  • If you use an artificial tree choose one labeled fire resistant.

Toyland - The National Safety Council (www.nsc.org) reminds parents there are plenty of safe toys on the market. Learn about product recalls from http://www.cpsc.gov/

Are you a safe driver? The holidays are a good time to practice being a safe driver. A safe driver takes to the road sober and always buckles up. A safe driver watches the speed limit and road conditions and always drives defensively. The National Safety Council advises that Christmas through New Year's Day is a period of increased traffic risk as road travel increases along with the prevalence of impaired drivers. Will you be a safe driver?

Cold weather - Be careful using space heaters this winter. Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires during the winter months. If you want to use a space heater in your office, you must call Building Management Division at 2-1340 to get it approved. And finally, never use candles as a source of heat.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a Winter Holiday Safety message you can share with your family at http://www.nfpa.org/images/WinterHolidaySafety.pdf.

For more information please contact the Office of Occupational Safety and Health (OOSH) at (202) 482-4935.