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.”

OSHA schedules second meeting on strengthening Voluntary Protection Programs


“OSHA will hold a second meeting on Aug. 28 to continue the discussion on the future direction of the agency’s Voluntary Protection Programs. The meeting, to be held in New Orleans, will include a review of the July 17 meeting, along with comments and suggestions from the public on potential avenues for action. OSHA is seeking to reshape VPP so that it continues to: represent safety and health excellence, leverage partner resources, further recognize the successes of long-term participants, and support smart program growth. OSHA invites stakeholders to provide new ideas on the overall VPP process and flow; corporate/long-term participant involvement; and Special Government Employees activities. For details on submitting comments and registering to attend the meeting, read the news release.”