Check out these Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips shared from this Thursday’s VPPPA e-newsletter!

“Thanksgiving is only one week away! However, the key to maintaining a happy holiday is to remember to practice safety – even with friends, family and a busy schedule serving as major distractions. When you think about Thanksgiving, fire safety may not be your first thought, but keeping these tips in mind will keep you and your loved ones out of harm’s way.
Prevent fires by clearing your stove top and oven of grease and dust.
Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop to keep an eye on the food.
Stay in the home while cooking the turkey, and check it often.
Use kitchen timers if you must step away from the kitchen. Especially if you might be distracted by guests during that time.
Turn pot and pan handles inward and away from the front or edge of the stove.
Deep-frying a turkey is highly discouraged by the National Fire Protection Association. But if you do decide to deep-fry one:
Never use a deep fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or in an enclosed space.
Be sure to wear long, well-insulated cooking gloves for the hot pot, lid and handles.
Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
Be sure that the turkey is completely thawed and thoroughly dried before being placed in the fryer. The water from a frozen turkey can lead to an explosion hazard when mixed with oil.”

Keep Your Family Safe This Thanksgiving

“Americans will eat more than 46 million turkeys this Thanksgiving. Keep your family and friends safe with simple food safety tips from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service:

Read labels carefully. Temperature labels show if the bird is fresh or frozen. If you plan to serve a fresh turkey, buy it no more than two days before Thanksgiving.

Do not wash the turkey. This spreads pathogens onto kitchen surfaces. The only way to kill bacteria that causes foodborne illness is to fully cook the turkey.

Refrigerate leftovers within two hours to prevent bacteria from growing on the food.”

Get More Tips for Thanksgiving Safety!

Public Awareness: Fake Prescription Pills Containing Dangerous Drugs

FYI – Attached is a public awareness notice from the New Jersey Regional Operations and Intelligence Center.
“During 2017, forensic laboratories in New Jersey have identified a large amount of imitation prescription pills
containing dangerous drugs.
So far this year, law enforcement in NJ have seized over 500,000 fake prescription pills that have actually contained highly potent opioids, including heroin and fentanyl class compounds.
Recently, carfentanil was identified in what appeared to be a legitimate prescription oxycodone pill.
Imitation prescription pills containing dangerous drugs such as carfentanil are being sold by drug dealers, placing users at significant risk of death.
Due to the serious implications of this trend, NJ’s Drug Monitoring Initiative (DMI) has created this public awareness product. This product is Unclassified and can be shared with the general public and posted to social media.”

Happy Halloween! Check out some safety tips we are sharing from the NSC website!

Spooky Truths Regarding Halloween Safety On and Off the Road

“Kids love the magic of Halloween: Trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to a neighborhood haunted house.But for moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.In 2015, about 6,700 pedestrian deaths and 160,000 medically consulted injuries occurred among pedestrians in motor vehicle incidents, according to Injury Facts 2017, the statistical report on unintentional injuries created by the National Safety Council.NSC research reveals about 17% of these deaths occurred when pedestrians improperly crossed roads or intersections. Lack of visibility because of low lighting or dark clothing accounted for about 15% of the deaths. Other circumstances varied by age: Darting or running into the road accounted for about 15% of deaths in kids ages 5 to 9 and 7% for those 10 to 15. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year, and October ranks No. 2 in motor vehicle deaths by month, with 3,550. August is first, with 3,642 deaths.”

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19,000 Arctic Cat Off-Road Vehicles Recalled

“About 19,500 units, all model year 2014-2017 Wildcat Trail and 2015-2017 Wildcat Sport models of Arctic Cat recreational off-highway vehicles (known as ROVs), have been recalled after Arctic Cat received 444 reports of the plastic panels behind the operator and passenger seats melting, with five resulting in fires. No injuries have been reported, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Oct. 27 recall notice.

The recalled vehicles were sold in multiple colors. They have four wheels and side-by-side seating for two people. “Wildcat Trail” or “Wildcat Sport” is printed on each side of the vehicle.

Owners of the vehicles should immediately stop using the recalled models and contact Arctic Cat to schedule a free repair. Arctic Cat is contacting all known purchasers directly. To reach the company, call 800-279-6851 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT weekdays or visit and click on Product Recall for more information. The vehicles were sold by dealers nationwide from December 2013 through August 2017 for between $10,500 and $19,500.”

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It’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week!

“Each year National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is a call to bring together individuals, organizations, industry, and state and local governments to help increase lead awareness by using their efforts and collaborations to reduce childhood exposure to lead.  The theme for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future.” EPA, along with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will provide information to protect against lead poisoning.  This year we’ve added a focus on testing children for elevated blood lead levels. Lead can enter the body in many ways, and children’s blood lead levels tend to increase rapidly from 6 to 24 months if exposed. A simple blood test can detect lead. Interested in participating? Here’s what you can do to help EPA, HUD, and CDC spread the word: Visit our National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week webpage to get our flyer, poster, web banners and other materials ( ).”

Six Steps to Prevent Lifting Injuries

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.9 million injuries in 2015, with 3.5 percent of these injuries being in the construction industry. Construction work in general takes a heavy toll on the body. When you perform the same heavy lifting for several hours every day, you are putting a lot of strain on your body.

The injuries may occur as random accidents like ignoring basic safety rules, such as failure to wear sturdy work boots, or even wearing uncomfortable low-resistance safety equipment. Fortunately, there are various ways to avert these painful injuries. If you are an employer, you need to take the necessary steps to ensure your employees are safe from lifting related injuries.

Let’s at the six steps to prevent injuries inflicted by lifting objects in the workplace.

1. Restructure the Work Environment and Work Tasks
This is one of the most effective ways to minimize lifting hazards in a construction site and prevent injuries. Namely, you need to take a keen look at lifting tasks and redesign them in a way that they are safer. For instance, you can redesign a task so your workers do a less-strenuous manual lifting. To achieve this, you need to implement some engineering controls, which include the following:

Decreasing load size or weight
Adjusting the work environment to ensure your employees can keep loads close to their body, between shoulder and knee height, without the need to twist
Installing load handling equipment and mechanical lifting aids; these may include hand trucks, conveyors, hoists, slides, and adjustable lift tables…”