By: Maria Diaz, Director of Training and Development
Ashley Bowman, Asst. to Business Development Dept.
Our confidence in our ability to deliver the best service not only stems from 20+ years of employee experience but from our high regard for the importance of family. As safety specialists, we know all-to-well that the safety we ensure on job sites not only preserves the lives of workers and pedestrians but, more importantly, ensures that they return home to their loved ones. It is for this same love for family that we look forward to the upcoming holidays. As always, we take a step above the rest to ensure the safety of you and your family. In light of the upcoming holidays, we would like to share some safety tips from our family to yours.
During the winter and especially around the holidays, fires become an increasing risk. Although beautiful, poor placement of Christmas trees can be a dangerous fire hazard. According to the National Fire Protection Association, “one of every 31 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home fires.” These deadly fires usually involved “electrical distribution or lighting equipment”. For this reason it is important to keep your Christmas trees away from electrical outlets, check for signs of wear and tear on lighting or electrical equipment, and replace old, worn out equipment to lessen the likelihood of a fire.
Christmas trees are not the only hazard, but decorations in general share the same level of danger. According to the National Fire Protection Association, “U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 860 home structure fires per year that began with decorations, excluding Christmas trees, in 2009-2013.” Nearly half of those fires were caused by candles that were placed too close to decorations. LED candles are a good alternative to placing open flame candles around wreaths, or other decorations.
The last tip is in regards to cooking fires. Fortunately, this tip will not recommend an alternative to your grandmother’s favorite dish. Instead, we advise more supervision while cooking in the kitchen. The holidays can be an exceptionally distracting, yet entertaining, time (think toddlers chasing the family pet). Most cooking fires take place on Thanksgiving, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve (NFPA). So be focused around hot stoves, burning coffee, and those “chestnuts roasting on an open fire.”
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As equally important as it is to be safe,
Site Safety, LLC wishes you and your family the happiest of holidays.