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Taking Safety Seriously at Home

  • 22 January 2020
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Taking Safety Seriously at Home

At Safety Ahead we don’t just focus on workplace safety, but we think about how safety effects and should be applied to all aspects of life – this includes pets and children.

With two dogs of my own and a little one on the way, now more than ever I have been thinking about the safety of my home. There are a lot of things to consider, so to help you ensure your home is safe for everyone living there, read on to uncover some great health and safety tips for the ones you love the most!

Holiday Safety

  • 16 December 2019
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Holiday Safety

‘Tis the season for shopping, feasting, parties and overindulgence. But as I check off my list of gifts and events in preparation for the holidays, I realized there are also many things to take into account when it comes to ensuring my family and friends stay safe over the season.

To help you stay safe over the holidays, we at Safety Ahead have compiled a list of our top hazards to take note of and avoid this time of year.

Contractor Compliance

  • 20 November 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
  • Number of views: 1075
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Contractor Compliance

Working together and being able to provide the craft of a specific trade is what can truly make a job or project a successful and profitably one. But when it comes to the safety of multiple workers and trades on-site it got me thinking - who is truly responsible for what?

Horror Isn’t Just on Halloween

  • 30 October 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Horror Isn’t Just on Halloween

Halloween is usually fondly thought of as a fun and spooky night for kids and kids at heart, and the thought of children’s safety is usually top of mind for parents and guardians alike – for good reason.

October 31st is actually one of the most dangerous days of the year when it comes to traffic and vehicle related accidents and fatalities. In fact, pedestrian deaths spike 43% on Halloween, making it more susceptible to a traffic fatality than any other night of the year – and children being the most at risk.

What Makes a Good Safety Advisor?

  • 9 October 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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What Makes a Good Safety Advisor?

Every responsible workplace should have a Safety Advisor in place that is the keeper and go-to-person for everything safety. But what makes a good Safety Advisor? Your workplace Safety Advisor has been appointed with the responsibility of ensuring your workplace is one that is a healthy and safe environment for you to be in, along with providing all staff and contractors the basic knowledge and advice of where safety features and equipment can be found (such as fire extinguishers, eye-wash stations, AEDs, safety documents and more, what to do in an emergency and ensuring the workplace is kept up-to-date on hazard assessments and certifications.

National Fire Prevention

  • 3 October 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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National Fire Prevention

Did you know we are about to enter National Fire Prevention Week? National Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the second week of October in the United States and Canada, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. 

Are You Ready for the New COR Audit?

  • 12 September 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Are You Ready for the New COR Audit?

Have you adapted your safety program to comply with the new COR Legislation that came into effect this past January? Or are you going to be applying for your COR Audit for the first time? No matter your level of experience with COR, all companies will be audited at a new level of standards.

Safety in Agriculture

  • 27 August 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Safety in Agriculture

As the season begins to change to fall, I can’t help but think of the autumn harvest. With an assortment of delicious fruits and vegetables in season, family dinners and gatherings are looked forward to by all. But did you know that the fall harvest can have some dangerous results when safety is not made a priority.

Air Travel Safety

  • 28 July 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Air Travel Safety

With summer travel in full swing, and the recent news of an Air Canada flight’s emergency landing, now is the time to think safe in your travels.

On July 11th, Air Canada Flight 33 from Toronto to Sydney, Australia was forced to make an emergency landing in Honolulu due to extreme turbulence – injuring 37 people. While flight turbulence may not have been preventable, most injuries were.

From our team’s air travel experience, we at Safety Ahead would like to offer up our top flight safety tips for you to keep in mind this travel season and anytime you find yourself flying:
 

Safety for Young Workers

  • 8 July 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Safety for Young Workers

Their first job – it’s an exciting and proud moment in a parent’s life when their child starts their first job. What a great way to spend the summer – earning a first pay cheque, learning new skills and preparing for the future. But have you or your child stopped to think and question – how safe are they on the job?

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Holiday Safety

  • 16 December 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Holiday Safety

‘Tis the season for shopping, feasting, parties and overindulgence. But as I check off my list of gifts and events in preparation for the holidays, I realized there are also many things to take into account when it comes to ensuring my family and friends stay safe over the season.

To help you stay safe over the holidays, we at Safety Ahead have compiled a list of our top hazards to take note of and avoid this time of year.
 

HOLIDAY HOME SAFETY:

One of the most dangerous and alarming facts I learned while researching holiday home safety was the devesting spike in house fires that occur this time of year. Statistics from the Government of Alberta’s Office of the Fire Commissioner show that during the winter holiday season, fire-related deaths in Alberta homes double compared to the rest of the year. But why is this number so high?

  • With the temperatures dropping, many of us turn to using portable space heaters as a source to stay warm. But when not used and/or supervised properly, these heaters are a huge fire hazard. To ensure your heater is safe – keep it away from walls, curtains, furniture and highly trafficked areas. This will help prevent fires and tripping over it. Also never leave a space heater plugged in overnight or while sleeping. 
  • Lights, decorations, toys and electronics – many of these items can lead to over use of plug-ins and in turn overloaded power circuits which can overheat and cause a fire. Always turn off all lights and electrically powered items when going to bed or leaving your home over the holidays. And for exterior lights, be sure to plug into a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI). These plugs are designed to cut power off if wet, preventing any electrical incidents.
  • Putting up a real Christmas tree? Keep it away from vents, hot appliances, fireplaces and candles and be sure to water your tree daily to keep it hydrated.
  • Chestnuts roasting by an open fire? Not a good idea! Woodburning fireplaces should always have screen placed in front of them to protect people and your home from flying sparks. Also, be sure to remove any stockings or garland hanging from a mantel while the fireplace is in use. Finally, never throw giftwrap or boxes into the fire – they burn rapidly and can contain materials that are toxic to breathe in.


HOLIDAY TRAVEL SAFETY:

With inclement weather and road trips don’t lend themselves to the best of travel, now is the time to prepare your vehicle and family. And when Alberta’s winter temperatures easily getting into the -20’s, and even as bone-chilling as the -40’s with the windchill, if you’re not equipped to handle the weather should an emergency occur it will not take long for hypothermia to take hold.

  • Be sure to pack a road safety kit in your vehicle at al times, but for the holidays add these winter necessities – flashlight, small shovel, snowbrush with scraper, blanket(s), first-aid kit, jumper cables, flares, sand, antifreeze, non-perishable food (such as protein bars) and bottled water.
  • Dress for the weather – this includes all family members. Should your car breakdown and you are without heat, warm layers of clothing, winter boots, mitts and toques will help keep your body temperature at a steady rate for longer. Ensure all children, and even pets - which I have forgotten to account for, have the clothing required to stay warm and safe. In the case of being stranded or broken down - remember that your first priority is to stay warm, over water or food.

 

HOLIDAY WORK SAFETY:

Now that you are raring to go and enjoy a relaxing holiday break, you also need to ensure your workplace is left safe over the holidays should it be closed or for those working during the season.

  • Unplug any electrical tools or appliances not in use – such as space heaters, toasters, etc.
  • Stock company vehicles with winter road safety kits – based on the supplies listed above.
  • Ensure there is a safety plan and check-ins in place for anyone working alone or with minimal interactions over the holiday season.
  • Securely lock and arm any security systems in place while over the holidays. With many workplaces, jobsites and vehicles vacant during the season, be sure to do your part to deter any mischief or theft.
     

I have made my list and am now checking it twice to ensure my family’s well-being is now a priority along with all of the other hustle and bustle. By putting these holiday safety plans into action now you can enjoy the most out of this festive time of year and help ensure your loved ones and colleagues all have a safe and wonderful season too.

From the Safety Ahead team to you and yours – wishing you all the best for the holidays and new year!

 

 

Cited: http://www.ofc.alberta.ca/documents/Winter_Holiday_Fire_Safety_Kit.pdf

 

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