Columbus Day Weekend
If you must travel during the holiday weekend, be sure to practice defensive driving skills. Leave enough space between you and other vehicles in front to allow for sudden stops and breakdowns, look left right and left again before entering an intersection. If traffic is heavy keeping your speed down allows you time to react to unfolding events around you, especially multi-lane highways.
October also brings cooler weather so we must heighten our awareness of potential carbon monoxide poisoning and the possibility of fires from portable heating devices. Over the weekend, please take the opportunity to replace your carbon monoxide and smoke detector batteries and test them to ensure they are functioning properly.
Have a Safe Holiday Weekend!
What is a Good Safety Attitude?
FOCUS:A good attitude means you avoid distractions and try to remain focused on the task at hand.
TIME: A good attitude means taking time to do the job right because you know that saving a few minutes by using a shortcut is not worth the risk of painful injury.
DISCIPLINE: A good attitude means you are disciplined to always do what’s right, even if others encourage you to take shortcuts or fool around.
RESPONSIBILITY: A good attitude means you will take responsibility, even when a certain task “isn’t my job.” For example, wouldn’t you appreciate it if someone else cleaned up a spill on the floor before you found it the hard way?
RISK: There is no way to avoid all risk. Just getting in your vehicle, you’re taking some risk. A good attitude means avoiding taking risks whenever you can.
We can think of excuses for not always acting with safety in mind, but in the end, it makes a lot more sense to have a good safety attitude.
ATM Safety Tips
-Choose an ATM that is located in a busy well-lit area.
-Be aware of your surroundings. If you observe or sense suspicious persons or circumstances, do not use the ATM at that time.
-Do not select an ATM that is located at the corner of a building; corners create blind spots.
-Have your ATM card ready and in your hand as you approach the ATM.
-Avoid counting or flashing your cash.
-When using a drive-up ATM, keep your engine running and doors locked, and leave enough room to maneuver between your car and the one ahead of you.
-If the lights at the ATM are not working, don’t use it.
-If shrubbery has overgrown or a tree blocks the view, select another ATM.
-Take another person with you, if at all possible.
Extension Cord Safety
-check cords for damage before use.
-keep extension cords away from water.
-store extension cords indoors.
-unplug when not in use.
-use should only be temporary.
-do not plug extension cords into one another.
-do not use an extension cord that has a lower wattage rating than the tool being used.
-do not force a plug into and outlet.
-do not drive over an extension cord.
-do not place cords under rugs or carpets or in busy areas.
Preparing Your Home for Cooler Weather
Because all of the windows are closed indoor air can easily become more unhealthful. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Have your chimney and furnace cleaned and inspected on a regular basis. This helps prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide buildup.
Keep your fireplace hearth free of newspapers, magazines, toys, or anything combustible.
Do not burn cardboard boxes of trash in your fireplace, as they can cause chimney fires.
Be sure the house is well ventilated when painting or using other chemicals.
Leave at least three feet of space around your space heater. Remember to unplug it when it's not in use.
The "Don'ts" of Lifting
Never lift more than you can easily handle.
Never lift with a rounded back and straight legs.
Avoid twisting your body when lifting or carrying.
Move your feet to change direction.
Never lift from an unbalanced position. This means no lifting from one knee or reaching over another object to lift.
Never carry a load that blocks your view ahead.
A Pair to Spare
Drivers requiring correction by glasses shall wear properly prescribed glasses at all times when driving.
DOT will not accept the excuse you lost or broke your glasses.
Always make sure you have a spare pair.
Same goes for contact lenses, hearing aids and hearing aid batteries.
Tire Safety – Everything Rides On It
Protection against avoidable breakdowns and crashes; improved vehicle handling; better fuel economy; increased tire life are just a few reasons to take five minutes to check your tires.
1. Inspect for uneven wear, cracks, and foreign objects.
2. Check the tread depth: minimum 4/32” on steer tires; minimum 2/32” on all other tires.
3. Make sure your tire valves have valve caps.
4. Check air pressure using a heavy duty tire gauge.
5. Scale the load to make sure no axle or tire is beyond its load limit.
6. Slow down if you have to go over a pothole or other unavoidable object on the roadway.
7. Avoid running over or rubbing curbs.
Protect your Eyes
Each day 2,000 US workers are treated for an on the job eye injury. Anytime you are in a situation where you are at increased risk for eye injury wear properly fitting safety glasses. This includes anytime you are in a Super Service shop.
Everyone, regardless of their particular work situation is at risk for transmitting an infectious disease through the eye. To reduce this risk for yourself and others, avoid touching your eyes, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing and follow good hand washing practices.
The October 2014 edition of the Super Service Newletter is now available!