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  • I Can't Believe I Didn't See Him

    I’m sure all of us have muttered those words at least once in our lives. Sometimes we were more surprised and startled by the discovery than our potential victims. At times it can be quite comical, but conversely there are times when it can lead to an injury or worse it can be fatal.

    I often see walkers and bike riders wearing what appears to be industrial or public agency3m-reflective-mesh-vest high visibility safety vests, or tees. OK, so it’s not very fashionable, but what a great idea! My wife and I are both walkers and cyclers, and are taking the plunge into the fashion world of Hi-Vis safety.

    So how do we as safety advocates know when it’s appropriate to advise on the use of or type of Hi-Vis clothing? The ANSI/SEA 107-2010 Standard is the place to find your answers. According to ISEA (International Safety Equipment Association) "High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear is an industry consensus standard that specifies requirements for apparel and headwear that is capable of visually signaling the user's presence.” The standard also specifies the types, classes and colors of high-visibility safety garments required based on wearer’s activities and nearby vehicle and equipment speeds. For more information regarding the regulation please visit their website.

    Garments are the same. There are performance classes either 1,2, or 3 and they are defined by the total area of visible background and retro reflective material. These classes are directly proportional to the environment and hazard the wearer is going to be exposed to. So, a hazard analysis should be performed by a competent person as defined by OSHA, and in accordance with the “General Duty Clause”. The higher the class number, the greater the hazard or risk associated with the garment worn.

    For example:

    Class 3, the highest risk, your worker needs to be visible through a full range of body motions from a minimum distance of 1280 feet. These workers include EMTs, utility works, flaggers, etc.

    Class 2 Hi-Vis Safety Garments are worn by those workers exposed to traffic moving in excess of 25mph, or if the environmental background is more diverse. These workers include roadway construction, crossing guards, first responders and utility crews.

    While a Class 1 garment is for use where equipment speeds do not exceed 25mph like parking lot attendants, or warehouse ops.

    As for myself and my wife I think we’ll opt for class 2. Now if we can just get the designer version. Make sure to check out our assortment of Safety Gear and from everyone at SafetyInstruction.com, make it a Safe Day!

  • Public Agency Safety: A Tribute to the Garbage Man

    I grew up in a small town in North Central Wisconsin. Not saying that I’m completely grown up even today, but that’s where the process started. .Harry Truman was president then followed by Dwight Eisenhower. Everybody knew everybody. You didn’t need cleats or a uniform to play ball. A ball with all the strings on it was prized, and the baseball bat was usually cracked, nailed and taped. The police chief was nick named “Fuzzy,” I never did know his real name.

    A real interesting group was the village crew and most of them had nick names as well. Garbage Man Crackerjack was the driver for the garbage truck. He was a really, really big fella, but had a smile that didn’t quit. If you had something that needed special attention, or something that was really heavy, you just left a six pack beside it to thank them. As the truck drove by we would tease them as the one on the back was hanging on for dear life. We were reminded by our parents that that is something you didn’t want to do for a living, as if there was a stigma about working in that vocation. These guys worked hard in all kinds of weather and usually retired with bad backs.

    All of that has changed since then. The work is still hard, but the idea of working for a public agency has risen, and the career is now a good choice for pay and benefits. The technology is vastly improved and the equipment is better suited to the task. Refuse collection is now a one man job here in our village, and he doesn’t get out of the truck. Education and training is far more important for this generation of public employees, and safety has stepped to the forefront.

    These men and women are responsible for our public sanitation, the way our cities, villages, and parks look, road work and flagger safety, storm cleanup, and water and sewer plant safety, Does anyone know what a Hydro Vacuum Truck is? Then there is the illusive dog bite just lurking around the corner. So many things complex ,and some so simple. There is a myriad of hazards involved in being a part of a Public Agency and all require training, and or licensing for not just their safety but ours. I think about them when I hear the snowplow at 4 in the morning. These men and women deserve our thanks and respect for their dedication. Thank them when you get a chance.

  • It's That Time of the Year: Refresher Training

    Yesterday I checked my calendar only to discover that summer is rapidly coming to a close and school doors will be open again in three short weeks. Parents will again be sending the kids back to the classroom for more training and retraining, as I’m sure some of what they learned was left on the sandlot. Later my wife and I were out to dinner and during the course of ordering our waitress announced our choice of potatoes. I opted for the “Twice Baked”. Well of course I had to ask if they weren’t baked right the first time. I thought my wife was going to get up and leave, she told the bemused waitress not to pay attention to me. I ordered the “American Fries.”

    Safety training is much the same. Of course the training is done once but additional trainingtraining is important and retraining reinforces the previous training. Just like the twice baked potatoes the potato was good before but now it’s mashed we add a little chive and cheese and its even better. You send the kids to school for the same reason. “Back to School time” is a good reminder for all of us in safety to take a look at our training programs and retraining where necessary and required by OSHA standards. To keep your training current, review your past training log as well as updating or auditing your hazard assessment. If you have an LMS (Learning Management System) reviewing your training log should be simple and automatic.

    OSHA does require retraining in some areas for example if Asbestos is a part of your hazard assessment then annual retraining is required, Fork lift training is every three years unless the application or equipment has changed or the operator has had a problem then retraining is required. BBP Blood Borne Pathogens, is an annual requirement, Fire Extinguishers, Hearing Protection, LOTO when there is a change, Confined Space Entry, Respirators, are all annual trainings. Hazcom is another one if a new hazard is introduced. This is also a good time of the year to think about adding new topics and take a look at your 2015 budget process.

    I didn’t say put the boat away or cover up the grill yet or not plan a weekend outing in the mountains. Enjoy the rest of summer, do a little fishing or plan a picnic, and if you’ve never had twice baked potatoes give them a try.

  • Hand Signals: Mixed Signals with Unintended Consequences

    Early in my life I quickly learned the value of signals. I learned the difference in a smiling face, and a scowling face, someone waving with all five fingers or just one. Then of course there was the whole dating thing, and a whole new set of signals, including mixed signals which can have unintended consequences. Riding your bike is popular again, so along with your helmet, there are ways to alert motorists of your intention to; 1.) right turn, left arm out from your side and 90 degree angle up at the elbow, like waving, and use all five fingers. 2.) left turn, left arm straight out from your side. 3.) slow down or stop, left arm out away from your side and forearm down. Don’t be embarrassed to use these, and teach your children early by example, but it’s never too late to start though, and please wear your bike helmet. You could save a life.

    In the world of industry signals are just as, or even more important. The role of hand and hand signalsbody signals play a very important role in, crane, mobile lift cranes, overhead crane, aerial lifts, bucket and boom truck safety. Much like traffic signals the operator must be completely aware of his surroundings, and signals given by the signal caller on the ground. Both the caller and driver must work together in harmony trusting one another, like dating. The signals will tell the driver to stop, reverse, move ahead slowly or by inches, raise the load, lower the load, or move it right or left even by inches. Disaster can be the consequence of “Mixed signals.” Both must be aware of the hazards on and above the ground. A sight survey should be standard procedure prior to performing any job, and a safety check on the equipment is an absolute must! In 2006 there were 72 crane –related fatal occupational injuries as reported by the bureau of labor statistics. As of November 2010 signalers and riggers must be qualified, so make sure your driver and signaler are competent and have the proper qualification training. There are new rules for crane operators as well, which will be effective as of November 10, 2014. With several rules in place and new ones being put into effect, it is important to have an OSHA compliant plan in case accidents do happen.

    Whether its signals in industry, at home, on the street or classroom, it’s not just about red lights, green lights or the law which could hold you accountable for not knowing them. It’s about respect for what they mean and why they are important to us.

  • Tuberculosis: The White Plague

    Much has been written about tuberculosis or the ”White Plague” named so because it made the patient appear pale. It earned its place in history because it dates back to early man, and wherever they migrated they took their diseases with them. Like its symptoms seen below this disease just seems to be persistent, and just doesn’t want to go away. In the 1800’s into the early 1900’s tuberculosis or TB killed more people than any other disease. My grandfather Gus succumbed to the disease, where he was confined to what was termed a “sanitorium”.

    By the mid 50’s it appeared that significant progress had been made in treating the disease and even thought that it might be eradicated. However, in the mid 80’s, TB made a comeback. In America today it is estimated that 10 to 15 million people carry the Latent TB virus with 20,000 new active cases a year. Worldwide the numbers are considerably worse, and TB is in the top 15 leading causes of death!!

    I do rely on the Center for Disease Control for information. Below you’ll find a short synopsis of the disease including symptoms which they have provided..

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria that are spread through the air from person to person. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of TB.

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria that are spread through the air from person to person. The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected. The TB bacteria usually attack the lungs, but can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.

    Symptoms of TB Disease

    Symptoms of TB disease depend on where in the body the TB bacteria are growing. TB disease symptoms may include:

    *A bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer tuberculosis *Pain in the chest *Coughing up blood or sputum (phlegm from deep inside the lungs) *Weakness or fatigue *Weight loss *No appetite *Chills *Fever *Sweating at night

    TB is NOT spread by

    *Shaking someone's hand *Sharing food or drink *Touching bed linens or toilet seats *Sharing toothbrushes *Kissing

    If you think you may have been exposed to someone with TB disease, contact your health care provider or your local or state TB control office to schedule a TB test, either a TB blood test or tuberculin skin test.

    At Safetyinstruction.com we are not just concerned with job hazards but with the general health and well being of all. So this blog will continue to present information that we feel is pertinent, and should be a part of the discussion in keeping all safe, healthy and informed. Tuberculosis is a disease that you will want to take serious, and research vaccines available for its prevention.

    Information like this is only good if used. Take some time today, and keep you and your family safe from the perils of Tuberculosis.

     

  • Ergonomics: Can You Throw a Softball?

    Did this really exist 40 years ago? Just what is it and what does it mean to you? well here is a short but direct definition from “About homeergonomics

    Definition: Ergonomics is the science of work.

    “Ergonomics derives from two Greek words: ergon, meaning work, and nomoi, meaning natural laws. Combined they create a word that means the science of work and a persons relationship to that work.

    In application, ergonomics is a discipline focused on making products and tasks comfortable and efficient for the user.

    Ergonomics is sometimes defined as the science of fitting the work to the user, instead of forcing the user to fit the work. However, this is more a primary ergonomic principle rather than a definition”.

    As a safety advocate I think we see a lot of the symptoms and results of poor ergonomics, and probably don’t give it much thought until you or an employee are on the way to the doctor or pharmacist for pain meds, surgery, or physical therapy. This can literally be a real pain in the tush (not the medical term). Take a look around your work space, or audit your surroundings. Are you standing, sitting, turning, bending, typing or keyboarding as they refer to it today, lifting, walking, staring into a monitor or computer screen, throwing a baseball? Yes I did play a little baseball. What about repetitive motion? All of these conditions can lead to muscular and or skeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, eye strain, torn rotator cuff, or any of a dozen problems with your neck and back. Yes I did have shoulder surgery.

    Avoiding these issues are solved by “Ergonomics.” Set up your workstation efficiently, choose the right chair and note the proper posture, and key board height, get up occasionally and stretch those back muscles and shoulders right down to your fingers. Standing? Start with proper footwear, and check out the cushioned anti-fatigue mats available today. Make sure your supplies are within easy reach to prevent twisting, so you’re not doing the “Beatles” old song “Twist and Shout”. Is lighting the issue? Have your health and safety person take a look at it for you. That’s a part of their job. If you have to lift? make sure you know the proper technique, lift with your legs not with your back or get the right equipment to do the lifting, pushing, or pulling for you. Putting a widget in a box all day? Check with your supervisor to see if you can rotate out to another job every couple of hours or so. If you recognize an issue, be proactive, don’t wait until you or your job jeopardizes your health.

    Whether you are in the office, the plant, laboratory at home in the kitchen, or are a softball player on weekends, learn how to throw a ball properly so you can play catch with the grandkids when you’re 63.

  • Mosquitoes: The New State Bird

    Summer is well, half over if you’re not counting the summer solstice which occurred just a few short weeks ago. The kids have only been out for summer break for 4 weeks, and already the back to school sales are chomping at the bit to take a bite out of mom and dad’s checkbook. Before we start that conversation however we should really consider a different type of bite– A Mosquito Bite –

    Here in Wisconsin we’ve had more than our share of rain, and of course with those MosquitoMosquito Bite Biteconditions come mosquitoes as they need standing water to breed. We’re thinking we might change our state bird. “Mother Nature Network” in an article by Melissa Breyer, gives us 10 interesting things you didn’t know about mosquitoes.

    1. The smell of chocolate confuses them The carbon dioxide we exhale excites and attracts mosquitoes, which is a bummer since we can’t exactly stop breathing to prevent their stealthy attacks. But researchers have found that certain scents – some of them minty, some fruity, and some that smell like caramelized chocolate – can stun the buzzing bugs’ carbon dioxide sensors, thus making it harder to find their next dinner.

    2. Mosquitoes buzz in our ears because … Mosquitoes can sense carbon dioxide up to 100 feet away. Since human beings exhale carbon dioxide through the nose and mouth, mosquitoes are attracted to our heads, perhaps leading to more incidents of “self-slapping while sleeping” than any other cause.

    3. Male mosquitoes are passive Female mosquitoes are the ones that bite animals and feed on blood; while they’re causing us misery, male mosquitoes are flitting about the flowers and feed on nectar.

    4. Viruses increase their bloodlust Female mosquitoes already have an unquenchable need for blood, but researchers have found that the dengue virus, which the mosquitoes transmit to humans, makes them even hungrier for the red stuff. The virus manipulates the insect’s genes to make them thirstier for blood; it also activates genes to increase the mosquitoes' sense of smell to become better hunters. (What a brilliant and creepy virus!)

    5. Parasites makes them go nuts for dirty socks Not only do parasites live on and feed from their hosts, but these clever creatures can manipulate the behavior of their hosts to increase their odds of spreading. Scientists have shown that mosquitoes infected with the malaria parasite want longer and more frequent blood meals than non-infected mosquitoes, all to better the chance of getting a human host. Other research has found that mosquitoes with malaria are also drawn to the smell of human sweat; as was evidenced in experiments with the use of a well-worn sock.

    6. Mosquito spit is itchy When a mosquito has set her sights on a target, she hones in, dive-bombs, and inserts her wee little proboscis into the victim’s skin. As she sucks she leaves behind a dollop of saliva, which serves as an anticoagulant so that she may better feast. Unfortunately, most of us have a natural immune response to mosquito slobber that results in histamines and the dreaded itch.

    7. Not all mosquitoes carry West Nile virus Of the thousands of known mosquito species, the dreaded West Nile virus is found in around 60 of them. (It's also found in more than 200 vertebrates.) The virus usually cycles between Culex mosquito species and common urban birds like robins, northern cardinals and house sparrows. Nearly 80 percent of people who are infected with the virus will not show any symptoms, which range from mild irritation and stupor to coma and death.

    8. Alexander the Great may have died from a mosquito bite Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia and conqueror of the Persian Empire, never lost a battle and is considered one of history's most successful commanders, but he may have met his final defeat at the hands (or mouth) of a mosquito infected with West Nile virus. A paper published in 2003 argues that a lone mosquito infected with the virus was his ultimate undoing.

    9. They’re petite yet pokey An average mosquito weighs 2 to 2.5 milligrams, which would seem to enable them to fly more swiftly, but not so. Mosquitoes fly at speeds between 1 and 1.5 miles per hour, making them one of the slowest flying insects of all.

    10. Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals in the world Beware the dangers of tigers, sharks, snakes? Actually, fear the mosquito, the most lethal creature on the planet. More deaths are caused by mosquitoes than any other animal, thanks to bugs' aid in spreading malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and encephalitis. A single malarial mosquito can infect more than 100 people; and according to the World Health Organization, malaria kills a child every 45 seconds in Africa.

    So there you have it, now what do we do to protect ourselves and family from the pesky little things:

    1. Don’t give them a place to breed. Eliminate standing water. 2. They rest and hide during daylight hours in vegetation so keep your grass short and weeds etc trimmed. 3. When going outdoors protect yourself and children with the use of a recommended repellant there are four repellants that have a been approved by the EPA: DEET, Picardin, oil of Lemon Eucalypyus, and IR3535. 4. If entertaining or just relaxing outdoors place a fan or two on the deck as mosquitoes have a tough time in moving air. 5. Protect yourself from being bitten and eliminate where they breed with the proper safety training.

    Further There are other insects you’ll want to protect yourself from and avoid like bees wasps and spiders, all of which present cause for concern to you, or someone you love. Now go out and make it a safe summer.

  • Safety Doesn’t Take Off the Fourth of July

    This past weekend we celebrated the 1st birthday of one of our grandchildren, but in addition we were treated to a wonderful parade and fireworks in Thiensville WI. It was completely “Americana.” The parade was complete with the American Legion color Guard, clowns, local, and high school marching bands, a band from Great Lakes Naval Academy, bag pipers, old cars, politicians, fire trucks and cotton candy vendors. Fireworks completed the day as we sat on a hillside overlooking the river and park where they were celebrating their annual pre Fourth of July civic celebration. I felt like I was in a story from mythical “Lake Wobegon” as told by Garrison Keillor.

    I would like to take this opportunity along with the team at www.SafetyInstruction.com to fourth of julyacknowledge and thank those brave souls who sought to find freedom on a new continent, a new land. It’s difficult enough to make a decision to move and buy a new house, but think about moving your family to an entirely new land. This country was not only dangerous, but getting there was even more treacherous, and life threatening. The only thing it promised was a new start. They all came for different reasons. Many came for religious freedom, some for farmland, some just for adventure, and gold. By 1770 more than 2 million people lived and worked in this great new land, but political oppression followed them here as well. On July fourth in the summer of 1776 thirteen colonies which were established had just about enough, and declared their independence from England. They declared their independence fought for and earned it. We celebrate their resolve, the Declaration of Independence” and their world changing decision. A great nation was born, and we are a part of what it has to offer; -- Opportunity – Yes there continues to be struggles and some political challenges but where else can you do what you do. Work and live where you want. Practice your religion, have open debate, and guaranteed rights, as outlined by our preamble and constitution. Today we live in a mostly free and safe environment; it is our responsibility to protect not only this land but also the constitution which continues to serve all interests in its simplest form.

    One more item of discussion before you enjoy your holiday. Keep it safe. If you have fireworks, use them properly and within the limits of local ordinances, if you’re grilling out be prepared with your fire extinguisher, Drive carefully to and from home there will be a lot of traffic out there. Make sure your first aid kit is up to date and well stocked, as well as sunscreen, and insect repellant. Now get out your flag and display it where everybody can be proud.

  • Skid Steer Loader Like a Swiss Army Knife

    A skid steer is not a very complex piece of equipment, yet it is one of the most diverse Skid Steerworkhorses in the construction, logging, farming and landscape industry. It reminds me of a “Swiss army knife” several tools all in one pocket. I’ll admit this is a topic I’m a little short on experience, other than just plain common sense. So I’ve invited an expert who is involved in the manufacturing sector, building attachments for skid steers. Tom O’Brien is a partner on the sales and marketing team for Berlon Industries a “made in the USA” manufacturer who provides a wide array of attachments for the skid steer industry. Below you’ll find Tom’s thoughts on Skid Steer loader safety. If you would like to contact Tom direct, he can be e-mailed at marketing@berlon.com.

    Skid Steer Loader Safety

    "A skid steer loader is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment on farms and job sites because it can be easily maneuvered into tight spaces. Adding to its versatility is the multitude of attachments that are available to complete specific type jobs.

    Due to the nature of the design, and the fact that the machine is working, the center of gravity constantly shifts depending on the job, terrain, and the attachment being used. Generally the weight of the skid steer loader is concentrated at the rear of the machine between the wheels. While working and moving items with a bucket or attachment the center of gravity moves forward and higher.

    With this in mind there are several key safety factors to be considered while operating a skid loader.

    1.) Carefully review the loader manufacturer’s instructions and limitations prior to operating 2.) Be sure you are in the operator’s seat when you start the engine 3.) Never allow passengers on the machine with you 4.) Wear your seatbelt and keep it fastened at all times 5.) Carry your load as low as possible at all times 6.) Never lift, swing, or move a load over another person 7.) Avoid sudden stops, starts, or turns 8.) Never park a skid loader on a hill or slope 9.) Be careful not to overload the bucket, attachment or your machine 10.) Always keep your hands, arms, legs, and head inside the operator’s cab 11.) Never bypass or modify safety devices 12.) Be sure to identify any overhead utility wires in your work area and avoid them 13.) If you are digging know where all underground utilities are located 14.) Never operate a skid steer loader unless you have been authorized and properly trained 15.) Always wear snug-fitting clothing that will not catch on the levers 16.) Know your blind spots because in those blind spots could be people, vehicles, equipment, or buildings. 17.) Never use drugs, alcohol, or medication while operating a skid steer loader as these can and will impair your ability to operate or react

    Keeping your employees safe should be job #1. Following these recommendations will allow you and those around you, to stay safe while working on the job site."

    So there you have it. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Skid Steer Safety should be high on the list of priorities for any jobsite supervisor if he wants to make sure his employees are not only qualified operators, but he can also be confident that they are able to return to their families after the workday is over. You might also want to visit this link for further information https://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib011209.html

  • Grilling Safety and Fire Extinguisher Training : It's Worth Repeating

    This is a blog I wrote last year with some additional information and a new story

    The other Day I got a call from my wife. She was going to start the gas grill and needed a few instructions. Well of course the auto igniter doesn’t work. Normally I do the grilling, and because the grill is close to seeing its last barbeque, there are a few tricks to getting it started. All was going well, and she asked while igniting it if the cover should be down. Normally I don’t get too animated, but this time was an exception. I could find my wife in heaven, (I think), the grill cover in the next county, and the house, well who knows? Time for some Fire Extinguisher Training, and some safety instruction.

    So here is another chapter to our family grilling history. My Son who now has two young grillingboys of his own, has a beautiful gas grill hooked up directly to the house gas supply. We were on the deck in the morning following an evening of grilling out and celebrating a birthday. The coffee was good but thought that one of us might have had something that didn't necessarily agree with them and I wasn't admitting anything. The odor just wasn't going away when we discovered the 2 year old figured out that there were a lot of neat knobs on dad's new grill. The good news is nobody smokes, and it's a funny story, but the gas was on overnight, and potentially could have been disastrous. The new rule is: the gas valve is closed and checked before lights out. No time out was issued by the judge (Mom) but the aspiring young grill master is on extended supervision until he's 7.

    Grilling facts from NFPA

    Be sure to use safe grilling practices as the peak months for grilling fires approach – June and July. Gas grills constitute a higher risk, having been involved in an annual average of 7,100 home fires in 2006-2010, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average of 1,200 home fires.

    Facts & figures

    In 2006-2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,600 home and outside fires. These 8,600 fires caused an annual average of 10 civilian deaths, 140 civilian injuries and $75 million in direct property damage.

    More than one-quarter (28%) of the home structure fires involving grills started on a courtyard, terrace or patio, 28% started on an exterior balcony or open porch, and 6% started in the kitchen.

    Flammable or combustible gas or liquid was the item first ignited in almost half of home outdoor grill fires. In almost half (46%) of the home outdoor fires in which grills were involved, 53% of the outside gas grills, and 26% of gas grill structure fires, the fire started when a flammable or combustible gas or liquid caught fire.

    Source: NFPA's "Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment," by Marty Ahrens, November 2012.

    So maybe some grilling safety tips and practices would be appropriate here:

    1.) Start out with a clean grilling surface, if Gas and there is a deflector plate in the grill, take some time to clean that as well, grease, and a little left over chicken skin build up can cause issues for you.

    2.) If your grill has a small grease collector underneath make sure that it is emptied.

    3.) Keep a Fire extinguisher handy at all times class B, ABC, or BC, and get some fire Extinguisher training

    4.) Understand your grill and know how to start it, whether gas or Charcoal. If you have a charcoal grill always use recommended starter fluid or electric starter. NEVER use gasoline!!

    5.) Have a pair of grill mitts I guess you would call that PPE (personal protective equipment) along with appropriate grilling utensils which would keep your hands away from the heat.

    6.) Keep Children and pets a safe distance from the grill, even after the job is done as the grill will remain hot for some time afterward.

    7.) If using charcoal, keep a bottle of water with a trigger sprayer at the ready, small flare ups can be handled with water. You can use this method with gas as well.

    8.) Know where the Gas shutoff is located. If there is a fire in the grill itself, turn off the gas and close the grill lid.

    9.) Be attentive to your grilling, relax with a root beer. Leaving the scene only invites disaster, and burned burgers

    10.) If your grill is on fire, don’t move it. Movement supplies oxygen to the fire and will cause your fire to burn hotter. Movement of course is also a bad idea considering the instability of the grill and surrounding surface.

    11.) Keep your grill a safe distance from a house, structure, or vehicle. You don’t need to invite the fire dept.to dinner. Also make sure to clear the clutter away from the grill to prevent Slips Trips and Falls. So sure you’ll need to do a survey for site safety.

    12.) Keep your phone handy, if you are unable to control your fire call 911 immediately

    If you need more information regarding fire extinguisher training or fire prevention visit us http://www.safetyinstruction.com/fire-prevention.html

    So there you have it. Summer is too short not to enjoy it . So enjoy it safely, and don’t become a NFPA statistic. PS. I like mine medium rare.

     

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