THERE COULD BE MORE HAZARDS AT
HOME THAN AT THE WORK PLACE!
A Nationally Recognized Training Firm Provides Safety Training for Families!
According to Calvin C. Williams, Sr., Owner, President, CEO & Chief Instructor for Professional Safety Training Services (PSTS), Inc., more serious accidents and fatalities happen at home to Workers and their family members than on their jobs. Williams said that most of the 25,000 personnel from various companies that he has taught since 1988 have admitted that many of the situations and accidents they have experienced or are aware of, are indicated below:
- Hazardous chemicals, i.e., bleach, ammonia, alcohol, clear liquid wax, detergents, etc. are stored under the kitchen sink as shown above, or in laundry rooms in a lower level location where toddlers, small children and elderly people could mistakenly drink the liquids because they resemble water or fruit juice. It only takes a few seconds for someone that ingests these hazardous materials to become extremely ill, or death could occur. Houses are filled with dangers for infants who are crawling. There are many hazardous materials inside the kitchen and inside the bathroom. Safeguards at home help, but nothing replaces close supervision.
- Many people keep their vehicles parked outside of their garages. In the place of the vehicles they use their garage for the storage of containers of gasoline, kerosene, solvents, turpentine, paint, motor oil, paint thinners, pesticides, and many other types of flammable material that could easily result into a ferocious fire if the flammable vapors were accidentally ignited. Vapors from some toxic materials could be fatal if inhaled.
- Baby apparel, furniture, equipment and tiny toys that kids could swallow can pose threats to the safety of young tykes. Armed with childproof devices and baby product recall lists of faulty items, parents can reduce the risk of accidents and, more importantly, the risk of death. Accidental injury is still the leading cause of death among young children.
- Parents should test the sturdiness of their furniture to make sure they cannot be toppled over onto small children. Dressers, wall units and bookcases are all things that need to be checked. While parents might think items placed high up are safe, think again. Children love to climb and will do so to retrieve something. That means they also can fall. Brackets should be fastened to the back of large library shelves and other heavy furniture and also secure the brackets to the wall. Parents must always remember to install safety devices on windows and doors that will stop children’s small hands from opening them. Also, keep furniture away from dangling cords to avoid accidental strangulation.
- Many of the experienced Electricians that attend a PSTS, Inc. 40-Hour HAZWOPER Course who have small children, admitted that they have neglected to place plastic insert caps on the electrical plug sockets in their homes that are located approximately 18” on the wall above the floor. It would be a terrible telephone message to receive on your job from your spouse to learn that your son or daughter stuck a metal hairpin into an electrical outlet and was electrocuted.
- The same holds true for experienced Fire Fighters that risk their lives to save others on a daily basis. If they have not instructed any of their family members how to properly use a fire extinguisher in case of a fire, they will most likely run toward the flames, look at the blazing fire, throw the fire extinguisher, and then run in the opposite direction as fast as they can. All family members should be taught how to approach a minor fire, how to Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle, Squeeze the lever, and Sweep at the base of the fire.
- Workers that have been trained in CPR and First-Aid should in turn teach their family members what they have learned so that they will be able to use the Heimlich Method in order to prevent someone from choking on something they had swallowed, to stop serious bleeding, and how to perform CPR in the event that a heart attack should happen to someone in the home.
- There are also many physical hazards in addition to fires that often occur as serious accidents at home. These accidents could result from improper use of ladders and scaffolds, falling off a roof during repairs, tripping over toys and other objects left on the floor and stair steps, slipping on icy pavement, working on electrical circuits without shutting off the electrical power, improper use of saws, power tools, hand tools, and backing blindly out of the garage or driveway and then run over one of your own children. This would be a tragic accident that your Spouse and yourself will never forget.
Incorrect placement of a ladder can be a source of falls around the home so you need to be sure that you know what you are doing and position it, as well as yourself, correctly. To begin with you need good solid, level ground free of snow, ice, or mud. The ladder should then be positioned off the house at a distance of about one quarter the height of the ladder. For example, if you have a 12-foot ladder, it will need to be positioned about 3 feet off the house. To prevent the ladder from sliding away from the house drive two, 20-inch, 2x2 stakes into the ground and screw a 2x4 brace to the two stakes. The brace should be cut about 12-inches longer than the width of the ladder. Remember to keep your hips within the vertical rails of the ladder in order to prevent the ladder from shifting to the left or right.
Overloading Electrical Circuits
Electrical fuses and circuit breakers are used in the main electrical panel of residences to sense overloading circuits (and short circuits) and shut off power to that branch circuit before the wires get too hot and start a fire. Here are some guidelines to keep you better informed and keep the risk of fire to a minimum.
- If a fuse blows or circuit breaker trips frequently, have a qualified electrician determine what the problem is and fix it.
- If the main electrical panel has circuit breakers, flip them off and back on once a year. This keeps them working. Better yet would be to have a qualified electrician test the circuit.
- It's better to have a qualified electrician install more outlets on a new or different branch outlet then to use extension cords or plug adaptors to plug multiple appliances into the same outlet
- Using power strips (or multiple outlet surge protectors) with their own circuit breaker protection is better than using extension cords to plug in multiple appliances or electronics. Keep in mind that using several plug strips on outlets on the same branch circuit may overload the circuit and cause a fire.
- Never run appliance cords or extension cords under carpet.
- Have a qualified electrician check any outlet or switch wall plates that feel hot to the touch to determine the problem and fix it.
- Circuits can only handle a specified wattage of all electrical devices plugged into them and running on a branch circuit at one time. The National Electrical Safety Foundation (NESF) provides the following as a guideline.
-15-amp branch circuit can carry 1500 watts.
-20-amp branch circuit can carry 2000 watts.
Many circuits in older homes are designed as 15-amp branch circuits. Examples of wattages used by everyday items include a hairdryer, which can draw 1400 watts, an iron (1000 watts), a portable heater (1200 watts), a vacuum cleaner (600 watts), and a portable fan (150 watts).
- As a homeowner be aware of your electrical system. Contact a qualified electrical professional if you hear any buzzing or crackling coming from outlets or light switches. Don't ignore appliance or extension cords that are hot to the touch because they can be potential problems. An electrical professional who is qualified can assess any problems and make any necessary repairs.
If a Worker gets hurt on the job, he is not effective at home!
If he gets hurt at home, he is not as productive as he was on the job!
By popular demand, professional Safety Training Services have been requested by students, customers and many spouses of students and clients to provide a special course for families, on how to make sure that your home and all activities conducted within will be performed safely. A new 4- Hour Home Safety Awareness Course has been added to the list of many Safety-Related Courses that are taught personally by Mr. Calvin C. Williams, Sr. If anyone is interested, in attending or would like to learn more, please call: (856) 427-9500, Fax to: (856) 427-9508, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Calvin is also available to Speak to Large Corporations and Organizations and at Universities. Many companies engage him as a Spokesperson to feature their Environmental services and Safety products.
Listed below, are a few of the Safety-Related Courses we teach to Homeowners and family members:
- CPR and First-Aid Courses for Adults and Children
- Proper Placement and Safe Use of Ladders and Scaffolds
- Right-To-Know: The ability to recognize and identify Chemical and Physical Hazards
- How to Lockout/Tagout or De-energize Electrical Systems Before Making Minor Repairs
- Safe Use of Lawnmowers, Chain Saws, Snow Blowers, Tillers, Hand Tools and Power Tools
- Proper Storage and Disposal of Flammable, Combustible and Hazardous Chemical Materials
- Safe Lifting Techniques to Prevent Back Injuries and Ergonomics
- How to Work Safely on Scaffolds and Roofs, Using Fall Protection Devices
- How To Drive Safely Into a Driveway or Garage and How to Back out Safely
- How to Lock and Secure Windows to Prevent Kids From Falling Out and How to Secure Furniture