5 Life-Saving Elements

At Southern Star, our employees identified five life-saving elements to have a successful and safe workplace. And the concepts easily carry over into daily life. See if you can match the symbol.

Drive carefully

Many take it for granted, but time behind the wheel is the most dangerous part of everyone’s day across the country. Put down your cell phone, concentrate, and be very aware of those around you. And anytime possible, avoid backing out of a parking place.

Care for your coworkers

Anytime you work around others, keep a watch out for one another. Speak up when you see any unsafe act. At Southern Star we give each other feedback all the time, and continually improve on safety with a strong support system. Work with a buddy system any time you can.

Perform a hazard analysis

Before you begin a project, TAKE 5, or some amount of time to consider the situation. Do you have the right tools? Are there hazards around you that you need to factor in or potentially eliminate? Southern Star performs these in writing, but you can take an informal approach and study your safety situation throughout the course of the project.

Lock it out

Working around stored energy? At home, it could be simply turning off a circuit breaker while working on a light fixture. Don’t just turn off a switch and hope someone notices you. Disable a vehicle you’re working on from potential accidents by unhooking the battery, hiding all keys, or chocking the wheels when appropriate.

Use personal protective equipment (PPE)

Safety glasses and earplugs are not just for the workplace. Lots of permanent damage occurs at the home working in the yard, workshop, or garage without proper protection. Take a moment to preserve the abilities you want to keep for a lifetime.

Seasonal Tip

Spring in to Action

Now that we’ve shaken off the cold of winter, let’s shake off the dust in some areas of safety.

Lots of items in the home need to be routinely checked
  • Change batteries in your smoke detector once a year
  • Make sure your emergency plan is up-to-date
  • Replenish your first aid kit supplies
  • Take unwanted or expired medicines to a prescription drop box
  • Keep poisonous cleaning chemicals out of reach of children
Outside the home, other hazards need your attention this time of year
  • Replace any personal protective equipment that is damaged or worn
    • Safety glasses
    • Hearing protection
    • Sun glasses
    • Bike helmets
    • Working gloves
  • Apply sunscreen – the sun’s rays can be deceiving in cooler temperatures
  • Address tripping hazards in your yard
  • Unplug outdoor tools when not in use
  • And always call 811 before you perform any digging

Did you know?

3 out of every 5 home fire deaths result in homes with no fire alarms

10’ is the minimal distance to keep between a power line and your ladder

Here is some great content to share with your family relating to all the 5 life-saving elements.

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