Seasonal Winter Safety Tips from Bay West
As an environmental consultant, we know the important role health and safety plays in daily work and home activities. From our family to yours, here are a few reminders and tips as we approach the holidays, colder temperatures and winter weather.
Heat Your Home Safely
- Before lighting any fire, remove all greens, boughs, papers, and other decorations from the fireplace area. Did you know that gift wrap paper is highly flammable and may cause a flash fire when burned in the fireplace?
- When cooking for holiday visitors, remember to keep an eye on the range. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S.
- Keep candles away from decorations and other combustible materials. Ensure you don't have any frayed wires, and turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house.
Ensure Your Peace of Mind When Traveling
- Notify a trusted friend or neighbor so they can keep an eye on your home.
In Case of Emergency
- Have a plan. Stock up on food, communication, safety, heating and car emergency supplies in case a storm hits.
Dress Warmly & Stay Dry
- Increased wind chills carry heat away from the body and cause skin temperatures to drop.
- Wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing and be sure to wear a hat. Did you know that half of your body heat can be lost from your head?
- Don't over-do it with outdoor activities. Shovel in short increments with a small shovel, and keep your cell phone with you.