Christmas trees and holiday lighting present post-holiday fire hazards

Christmas trees and holiday lighting present post-holiday fire hazards NFPA reminds the public to properly store and dispose of seasonal decorations December 20, 2012 – While the winter months are the leading time of year for home fires, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says the post-holiday season presents its own set of fire hazards. Dried out Christmas trees and holiday lighting are among the leading culprits. “As time goes by, Christmas trees continue to dry out and become increasingly flammable,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Communications for NFPA. “For trees decorated with holiday lights, the risk increases because they’re in direct contact with an electrical source.” Although […]

Learn Not To Burn Again

Learn Not To Burn Again NFPA has revised and updated its award-winning preschool program, Learn Not to Burn, to continue keeping young children safe from fire December 13, 2012 – National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently updated its award-winning Learn Not to Burn (LNTB) preschool program, which teaches young children about fire safety Updates to LNTB feature revised teacher lesson plans and parent/caregiver home link activities. Also, the program’s songs, which were originally recorded by Jim Post, now include singer and musician, Dante Ware, who’s joined Jim in singing and performing many of the songs. “The music is still as fun and engaging as it has always been, but […]

Sharpen your fire safety smarts this season

Sharpen your fire safety smarts this season NFPA and Sparky the Fire Dog offer information to help reduce holiday fire risks December 12, 2012 – How many strands of mini string lights can you safely connect? How many inches should you cut from the base of a fresh-cut Christmas tree before placing it in water? Not really sure? Then it’s time to sharpen your holiday fire safety smarts with information and resources from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). “Many people simply don’t know which activities and practices present hazards,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of communications. “‘Project Holiday’ points out where holiday fire risks lurk, along with a […]

NFPA urges the public to stay warm and safe this winter

NFPA urges the public to stay warm and safe this winter December, January, February peak months for heating fires  December 10, 2012 – As temperatures continue to drop in the months ahead, the risk of home heating fires peaks. In fact, December, January and February are the leading months for home fires, when half of all home heating fires occur. “The use of heating equipment largely contributes to the peak in U.S. home fires during the winter months,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of communications at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Video: “Hot Flashes” features cartoon character Dan Doofus learning some important lessons about home heating. […]

NFPA and USFA Team Up to Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

NFPA and USFA Team Up to Put a Freeze on Winter FiresMore fires occur in December, January and February December 6, 2012 – While a warm home and a hot meal on a cold winter’s day may conjure up thoughts of safety and security, the unfortunate reality is that winter is the leading time of year for home fires in the United States (U.S.). That’s why the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) have teamed up to help prevent home fires in the winter months. Through a jointly sponsored initiative – Put a Freeze on Winter Fires – NFPA and USFA are working collaboratively to […]

Tired Medical Residents More Likely to Be Involved in Car Crashes

Those long, hectic work hours in the hospital may help medical residents train for their careers as doctors, but such schedules may also put them at a greater risk of being in a car crash. A poll of 300 Mayo Clinic residents reveals that 11 percent of respondents had been involved in a traffic accident after work, while 43 percent reported “narrowly avoiding” an accident. The respondents attributed the traffic incidents to fatigue and distress, including feelings of burnout or depression. “Just like any other field, residents need their recovery time. In order to make good decisions, physicians need to be physically and emotionally well,” said lead author Colin West, […]

’Twas the Day Before Christmas

Guest blogger Aaron Morrow shares his holiday wish for a season of safety through this special rewrite of “The Night Before Christmas.” ‘Twas the Day Before Christmas ’Twas the day before Christmas, when all through the site The workers were framing the metal studs nice and tight. The drywall was hung by the crew with great care, Knowing the painting crew would soon be there. The supervisors and foremen were going over the plan, Hoping to finish by the day’s end if they can. The safety team is wearing ANSI-approved glasses, shoes and hard hats, Reviewing the daily checklists for the excavators, forklifts and bobcats. When up on the third […]

Setting the Safety Standard for Cage-Free Robots

Baxter is one of a new generation of robots. Called “cage-free” or “industrial partner” or even “inherently safe” robots, these new tools are fundamentally altering our notions of what industrial robots are and what they can do. Baxter might be the perfect employee. He is conscious of his environment, and takes utmost care not to hurt his fellow workers. He is adaptable, amiable and a lighting-fast learner. Best of all, he works tirelessly across multiple shifts – all day if necessary – without breaks, without food and without complaint. Baxter, of course, is the latest in a new kind of industrial robot that has been popping up on […]

OSHA Goes Fishing at SeaWorld, Wants Managers for Interviews

OSHA wants SeaWorld of Florida LLC to comply with administrative subpoenas that require SeaWorld to provide three managers to be interviewed during OSHA’s follow-up abatement inspection. The follow-up inspection is being conducted as a result of previous violations that OSHA identified after a February 2010 drowning of a trainer who was grabbed and pulled under the water by a six-ton killer whale during what SeaWorld described as a “relationship session.” In August 2010, OSHA issued SeaWorld citations related to the incident. SeaWorld contested OSHA’s proposed violations and penalties. SeaWorld has declined to provide personnel to answer questions regarding abatement or correction of a prior violation related to trainers’ exposure to […]

AIHA Offers Tips for Safe Holiday Travel

Winter driving offers special challenges. Remember these safe driving tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. The American Industrial Hygiene Association wants you to refresh your safety basics. The following practical safety travel tips are provided by AIHA from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Avoid travel, especially in the car, when a weather advisory has been issued. However, if travel is necessary, keep family members informed of your travel plans and estimated arrival. Always carry a mobile phone with a fully charged battery in case of emergency. Winterize your car. Perform routine maintenance to be sure that […]