Holiday safety Office safety Seasonal safety: Winter Workstations

Deck the halls – safely

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Photo: Mike Sharkey

With the holiday season underway, workers may be feeling festive and want to show it in the workplace. Follow these tips to help prevent injuries while decorating:

  • Never stand on a chair to hang decorations. Use a stepladder, and make sure to follow the instructions. And never hang decorations from fire sprinklers – they can prevent the sprinklers from operating properly. OSHA regulations state that stacked materials should never be closer than 18 inches below fire sprinklers.
  • Make sure all electrical items, such as string lights, are certified by a nationally recognized independent testing lab.
  • Inspect all decorations and extension cords for damage before using.
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets – they can overheat and cause a fire.
  • Don’t place extension cords in high-traffic areas of your workplace, or under rugs, carpets or furniture.
  • Never attempt to extend the length of an extension cord by connecting it to another extension cord.
  • Never nail or staple extension cords to walls – doing so may damage existing wire insulation.

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