Fourth of July Safety

Fourth of July is just around the corner, and while it is a great time of year to visit with friends and family – grilling, swimming and lighting up the sky with fireworks, it can also be dangerous if certain precautions are neglected. Remind your clients of these safety hazards, so they can safely celebrate America’s independence!

Outdoor Safety

With July being the hottest month of the year, it’s especially important to take extra precaution when exposed to the sun. Heatstroke can be severely damaging or fatal. So, be aware of the signs and follow these tips when planning to be outside.

  • Wear sunscreen and apply regularly.
  • Dress appropriately – Consider loose fitted and light-colored clothing, a hat, sunglasses, etc.
  • Drink water more often than usual, especially if also consuming soda or alcoholic products.
  • Seek out shady or air-conditioned areas to stay cool.
  • Limit your time outdoors in extreme heat.

Grilling Safety

If hosting or attending a barbecue, practice safety and prepare for possible fire hazards.

  • Only use your grill outdoors on a flat surface, and place well away from the home or anything that could catch fire.
  • Never leave your grill unattended, and keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean, and remove any grease buildup.
  • Keep your sleeves rolled up, and keep other loose clothing away from the grill.
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to put out grease fire.

Fireworks Safety

While fireworks have become a celebratory tradition for Fourth of July, they can also be very dangerous if not handled properly.

  • Familiarize yourself with your local, regional regulations about use of fireworks.
  • Before you even remove the fireworks from their packaging, familiarize yourself with all the instructions.
  • Choose a wide open, flat site outdoors, free from trees, grass and buildings that could catch fire.
  • Eye protection is strongly advised when lighting fireworks.
  • Make sure to keep water nearby to fully extinguish any used fireworks, and enough to quickly extinguish any potential fires.
  • Keep at a safe distance, as directed by the warning label, and ensure all spectators do so as well.

Prepare Your Business for Severe Spring Storms

April 7, 2017

By: Chelsea Haley, DKI Ventures, LLC

To quote the infamous American writer, Mark Twain – “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four-and-twenty hours.”

While 136 may have been a bit of an exaggeration, spring weather, no doubt, can be very unpredictable, changing from sunshine to storms within a single day. And, lately, 2017 is turning out to be one of the most active and dangerous spring severe weather seasons. Make sure you and your business are always prepared for the varying conditions and their potential threats.

For instance, during a spring storm, your business is at risk from the following:

  • Power Outages
  • Communication Disruption
  • Transportation Delays
  • Employee Absence (from injury or no access to roads)
  • Damage to Facility and/or Equipment

Luckily planning for spring weather and these risks is very similar to planning for any severe weather event. Follow the guidelines below to ensure your safety and minimal business disruption.

Monitor Warnings: Monitor all local weather alerts on the radio, TV and Internet. Social media is also a good method for tracking the news, but only rely on reputable sources.

Seek Out Shelter: Always have an exit strategy. Know how to get out of your area if evacuations are issued, and know where to escape to. Make sure everyone within your company is aware of your emergency preparedness plan, and that you practice drills regularly so the response in an event is second-nature to all involved.

Have Back-Up: In case of a power failure, which is likely during a heavy storm, have on hand a backup generator and fuel to minimize downtime and continue to run necessary equipment.

Also, always backup your digital files on your computers on a regular basis. All copies should also be stored offsite in a safe location.

Perform Inspections:  Thoroughly inspect the exterior and interior of your facility, as well as your equipment.

Restock Your Emergency Kits & Check Your Smoke Detectors: Last, but definitely not least, ensure your emergency kits are properly stocked. Items to include: Flashlights (with extra batteries), blankets, clothing, water, non-perishable food, first aid kit, and important documents and files (insurance, medical information, etc.) you may need to stay away from your business for several days.

Also, if you haven’t done so recently, check the batteries in your smoke detector.

As you can see, the plan above is similar to all plans for a severe weather event. Just remember, once a warning is issued, you don’t normally have much time to prepare – So, take action now!