Safety First and Always

posted Aug 24, 2010, 9:50 AM by Sara@LS
 
Do you have an emergency preparedness plan?

 

The world is an ever-changing place. Natural disasters, terrorist attacks and severe weather are just a few of the things that can happen. The bad news is that we don’t have control over any of these things. The good news is that we can have plans in place that will help us get through these situations.

 

A few things to educate yourself, staff and family about:

 

  1. Fire safety – Perform fire drills regularly and make sure everyone knows where to find fire extinguishers and first-aid kits. Be sure to test your smoke detectors every one to three months to ensure that they are installed properly and are effective.
  2. Severe weather – Tornadoes, hurricanes and flash flooding are the most common severe weather situations and should be at the top of your list when you create a plan, depending on the climate you live in.
  3. Chemicals – Although it may seem like common sense, some adults and most children do not know the effects of everyday chemicals. If someone comes into contact with, or ingests toxic chemicals, there could be severe health consequences. Stay informed on the latest information and educate others. Also, be sure that anything containing toxic chemicals is properly labeled.
  4. Water safety – Whether or not you know how to swim, the water can be a scary place if you aren’t properly educated! Put barriers around bodies of water that should not be entered, encourage those who can’t swim to take lessons and speak up if a water source is too close to any form of electricity.
  5. CPR – Being CPR certified can be extremely helpful in an emergency. For information about taking a class near you, call the American Heart Association at 1-877-242-4277.

 

There is no such thing as being too safe or prepared. Improving your health means leading a healthier life as well as protecting the life you lead. Practice safety and discover A Healthier You™.

 

Visit www.OSHA.gov for information on occupational health and safety, and www.homesafetycouncil.org for information regarding safety at home.
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Sara@LS,
Aug 24, 2010, 9:51 AM
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