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Flood Prevention and Preparation

Spring has sprung! This means that Saskatchewan will be experiencing a lot of rain, increasing the risk of floods. Flooding is the most frequent natural disaster in Canada. The dangers of flooding can occur in the form of flash flooding or heavy rain falls. Flash flooding happens in an instant, leaving minimal time to react.  It is usually caused by hurricanes, aggressive storms and dams that are broken. Heavy rainfall is another form of flooding in which the ground is still frozen or has already been saturated from previous rainfalls. With this in mind, it is always a good idea to be prepared. Here is a list of safety tips to ensure you and your loved ones are equipped in the event of a flood.

  1. Place weather protector sealant around basement windows and the base of all ground level doors.

  2. Install a sump-pump to remove excess water.

  3. Install drainage for downspouts – these should be far away from the house in order for water to flow away from the house.

  4. Turn off basement furnace and gas valves.

  5. Move furniture and electrical appliances to higher levels within the house.

  6. Remove any toxic substances such as pesticide. (You do not want this spreading throughout the house if a flood occurs!)

  7. Remove toilet bowls and block sewage drains.

  8. Have an Emergency Kit easily accessible.

As mentioned previously floods can occur at any time, making it difficult to plan ahead. Always have a radio on hand, it will become useful when the power is out and you need more information on the affected areas. If you are prompted by an emergency official always do as you are told. They are the most knowledgeable in this situation and are looking out for your safety.

The safety tips provided above act as a guideline, for more detailed information please visit http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/hzd/flds-ftr-en.aspx

Promote Safety with Tool Box Talks

Safety meetings are critical to preventing injuries and saving companies time and money. By providing the proper knowledge and safety tips to employees, they can more easily identify hazards in their work environment. Therefore, as an employer, it is critical to make sure that you and your staff are trained, alert and dedicated to their safety.

Many companies are now participating in a practice called Tool Box Talks. The primary objective of a Tool Box Talk is to reduce work-related injuries and accidents by increasing employee’s safety awareness. A brief 10-15 minute “Tool Box Talk” can significantly decrease the chance of an employee becoming involved in an incident such as burning themselves or falling off a ladder.

What is a Tool Box Talk? A Tool Box Talk is a quick, informal group meeting, usually before the start of a work shift, where employees and managers of a department discuss particular safety issues and concerns. Tool Box Talks take place to:

  • Inform employees on changes with company procedures
  • Identify and develop controls for hazards
  • Increase employee participation and morale
  • Develop work processes
  • Discuss incident data

The Saskatchewan Safety Council encourages businesses to utilize Tool Box Talks daily or weekly, depending on the risks involved. Performing these talks at least once a week can provide employees with safety tips, ensure proper respiratory fit testing is completed, and improve safety inspections. Every day countless workers around the world are injured. Educating your employees on potential dangers can help reduce the risk!

Driving while tired? Think twice

Everyday thousands of people are driving while tired or sleep deprived, this is called fatigued driving.  Drivers are well aware of how dangerous drinking and driving is; however, driving “drowsy” can be just as deadly. There are serious consequences associated with fatigued driving. It impairs your ability to perform basic driving tasks, reaction time and judgement, just like alcohol.  Furthermore, there is the possibility of seriously injuring and/or killing yourself and others.

The Saskatchewan Safety Council would like to raise awareness about fatigued driving, and provide safety tips to help prevent injuries and incidents. Fatigue can set in at any given moment, and it is crucial to be prepared. Here are symptoms of fatigue to look for when driving.

  • Blinking
  • Yawning
  • Closing your eyes
  • Wandering or disconnected thoughts
  • Braking too late
  • No recollection of last few KM’s
  • Drifting in and out of lanes
  • Realizing you have slowed down unintentionally

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, pull over immediately. You are a danger to yourself and others! Below are safety tips for drivers to engage in while feeling fatigued and driving.

  • Good sleep prior to long trips
  • Divide driving time between all passengers
  • Take rest stops every few hours to move around
  • Drink lots of water
  • Eat lighter meals
  • If tired during a trip, a 20-40 minute nap can reduce sleepiness

For more information regarding safe driving tips and training programs, visit www.sasksafety.org

Flood Prevention and Preparation

Promote Safety with Tool Box Talks

Driving while tired? Think twice

 

 

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