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.”

Compliance Date for Crane Operator Certification Requirements Set for November 10, 2018

“OSHA issued a final rule that sets November 10, 2018, as the date employers in the construction industry must comply with a requirement for crane operator certification. The final rule became effective on November 9, 2017. After issuing the final cranes and derricks rule in August 2010, stakeholders expressed concerns regarding the rule’s certification requirements. In response, the agency published a separate final rule in September 2014, extending by three years the crane operator certification and competency requirements. The additional one-year extension provides more time for OSHA to complete a rulemaking to address stakeholder concerns related to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. Read the news release for more information.”

Project to establish cleaning procedures for firefighter PPE

“Firefighters are exposed to highly toxic substances on the fireground which is an increasing health concern, and there are currently no industry standards that reliably show if clothing is being adequately cleaned. A new Research Foundation project intended to establish definitive guidelines to the fire service for effectively decontaminating and cleaning their PPE.”

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DOT Publishes Drug Testing Rule

“Yesterday, November 13, 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT) published a final rule that, among other items, expands the Department’s current drug testing panel to include certain semi-synthetic opioids (i.e., hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone).

“The opioid crisis is a threat to public safety when it involves safety-sensitive employees involved in the operation of any kind of vehicle or transport,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “The ability to test for a broader range of opioids will advance transportation safety significantly and provide another deterrence to opioid abuse, which will better protect the public and ultimately save lives.”

To learn more about this final rule, visit our web page at or view the rule at .”