Walk like a penguin!

Well yesterday “Old Man Winter” showed up once again for a taste of what’s to come over the next several months.  Just in case you all forgot on how to prepare for the winter months here are just a few of some basic safety tips from “The Safety Team”:

Slips and falls.  The walking surfaces maybe covered with snow and ice, so be sure to wear boots with good rubber treads to provide traction or contact EH&S to purchase a pair of ice grippers.

Walking slowly, taking smaller steps and always remember to walk like a Penguin to prevent slips and falls. In case you all forgot on how it’s done watch the following: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHaWGibGwyk)

Shoveling can be physically taxing and can lead to exhaustion, dehydration, back injuries, heart attacks, and other conditions. To reduce the risk of injury, shovelers should follow the following precautions:

  • Warm up before shoveling.
  • Push snow instead of lifting whenever possible.
  • Shovel small amounts of snow at a time.
  • When lifting snow, keep the back straight and lift with the legs.
  • To avoid serious back injury don’t rotate or twist your body.

Snowblower safety is also something to think about…

  • Never leave the unit operating in an enclosed area.
  • Never re-fuel when blower is operating.
  • Clear walkways, decks and driveways of items that may clog the chute.
  • Never put your hand inside the auger or chute while running. Turn engine off and use a stick to unclog the equipment.
  • Be sure to wear adequate winter garments and footwear that will improve footing on slippery surfaces.


Safety Jess & Jim


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