A Safety Message About Safety Rules, Attitude, Spotting Hazards And Working Safely

Family Plan

We don’t want to think about it.  We avoid it.  We put it off.  We make excuses. But the fact is, disasters and emergencies like home fires, floods and even terrorism like the 911 attacks do happen.  If we are smart and plan ahead, we can protect our families, ourselves and our homes.  Here’s some of what you need to know.

*First things first.  One of the essentials in your family emergency plan is a basic emergency supply kit. This kit consists of the following:

        *One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days.

        *A three day supply of nonperishable food.

        *A battery powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio.

        *A flashlight and extra batteries.

        *A whistle to signal for help.

        *A dust mask to help filter contaminated air.

        *Plastic sheeting and dust tape.

        *Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.

        *Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.

        * Can opener for food.

        *Local maps.

 *Second have a plan. Create an action plan for your family that includes a meeting place that every member of your family can remember and get to whether they’re at work or school. Keep in mind that some highly traveled roads may be congested or blocked off and that bridges and other structures might be unsafe. So always include alternative routes.  Also create an emergency escape route out of your house in case of a fire or other disaster demands immediate and safe exit.

* Insurance against the Worst. When you take action to build your emergency supply kit and make an action plan for your family, it’s like an insurance policy that protects you from the worst that can happen in a disaster or emergency.

Planning ahead is also a good policy to follow on the job.  Knowing safety rules and regulations and the following them is your insurance against injury. This is critical, because working safely on the job is another way of caring for your family and ensuring that you’ll be there for them when they need you.

So start right now-today.  Decide to stay alert, avoid risks, spot hazards and report them.  Bring an attitude of safety to every job you do.  Not just once in a while but every day on the job.  When you do, you’re working like the skilled, responsible professional that you are.  Nothing will make your family prouder.

Safety Today…Because Tomorrow’s Another Day

*Copyright 2008 Harkins Safety B245

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