Safety Topics of the Month

  • 7/6 – Basic Principles of Emergency First Aid
  • 7/12 – Beat The Heat
  • 7/19 – Ladder Safety
  • 7/26 – Near Misses

As we continue to adjust our procedures to increase the effectiveness of our message, it was determined to move the weekly Safety Email to monthly. Moving forward you will see an email from your Safety Department with Toolbox Topics that each project should review at their Toolbox Meetings and utilize the topics provided. We are always looking for ways to improve the message and information provided, so please reach out with suggestions.

With the long holiday weekend upon us, please be safe in all of the fun adventures you have planned for the 4th of July. First and foremost enjoy your time away from the job, but here comes some of the safety stuff! Those that plan on being around fireworks be careful and keep this in mind. On average, 7,300 people in the month of July will go to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries. Don’t be a statistic!

Follow these safety tips when using fireworks:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.