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Back to School Home Safety Tips

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Back to School Home Safety Tips

As we are nearing the end of August, and parents are enjoying their last few days before school we can only think of the many safety tips that parents should consider around the house.

In the Kitchen:

 -Are knives, forks, scissors, and other sharp tools in a drawer with a childproof latch?

 -Are glass objects and appliances with sharp blades stored out of reach?

 -Are matches and lighters stored in a locked cabinet

 In Bedrooms:

-Are window blind and curtain cords tied with clothespins or specially designed cord clips?

 -Is there a smoke alarm outside the bedroom?

 In Bathrooms:

 -Are razor blades, nail scissors, and other sharp tools stored in a locked cabinet?

 -Are all medication bottles, loose pills, coins, scissors, and any other small or sharp objects out of reach?

 - Are all bleaches, detergents, and any other cleaning products out of reach?

 Electrical:

 -Have you checked for and removed other potential electrical fire hazards, such as overloaded electrical sockets and electrical wires running under carpets?

 -Are all unused outlets covered with safety plugs?

August is Ladder Safety Month

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Don't be this guy!

August is Ladder Safety Month

SERVPRO of Harrisonburg wants to remind you as the summer comes to an end, people are having work done in preparation for the fall. From paint jobs to cleaning gutters, one should pay careful attention to the following ladder safety tips.

  • Be sure to inspect the ladder before using it. Check for broken or missing parts as well as grease, oil, or other substances that could result in a slippery surface.
  • To ensure stability, place the ladder on firm, even ground. Make sure it is not near any electrical wires or power lines.
  • When setting up the ladder, use the 4-to-1 rule. For example: if the ladder touches the wall 16 feet above the ground, the base of the ladder should be 4 feet away from the wall.
  • Before climbing the ladder, make sure the braces are fully extended and locked in place.
  • Never climb higher than the third rung from the top of the ladder.
  • Never try to “jog” or “walk” the ladder to a new location. Instead, descend and relocate the ladder.
  • When working from a ladder, stay centered and do not reach more than a comfortable arm’s length away. Keep your feet braced against the side rails and lean slightly forward.
  • Always face the ladder when ascending or descending.
  • Whenever possible, work within sight of someone who could provide assistance in case of an emergency.

Ladder climbing takes place in almost every home and workplace. Falls off of ladders are one of the top causes of fatal work-related injuries in the construction industry, as well as the third leading cause in all industries combined