Spring into Safety

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It’s that time of year when the spring-cleaning bug bites. Cleaning up at home and work are great goals. But

spring cleaning can be risky. Falls, cuts and electrical shocks are some common risks.

Here are some safety pointers for your spring cleaning.

Cleaning Safety Tips

  • Wear protective clothing. Sturdy shoes or boots will protect your feet if you drop something or step on something sharp. Wear gloves to protect your hands from minor cuts and scrapes. Wear hearing and eye protection when it’s needed.
  • Watch for electrical hazards. Keep moisture away from electrical appliances and outlets. Don’t spray cleaning products directly on light switches or the control panel area of an electric stove.
  • Slips, trips and falls can easily occur when a house or shop is in disarray during spring cleaning. Keep traffic areas clear of buckets, cords, boxes and other obstacles. Clean up spills promptly and walk carefully on damp surfaces.
  • Many serious injuries involve ladders. Make sure any ladder you use is in good condition. Place the ladder’s base on a solid, even surface. Never stand on the top few rungs. Do not lean over to the side when you’re on the ladder; it might tip over. Always check for overhead electrical hazards before you climb any ladder.

Fire Safety Tips

  • Check storage areas, including under stairs, for papers or other combustible materials that might cause or feed a fire.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries every 6 months.

Chemicals Safety Tips

  • Check the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and get rid of expired chemicals and old paints. Know local regulations and post disposal rules so you can dispose of chemicals properly.
  • Close chemical and paint cans when they are not in use. Be sure products are safely stored, according to your local SOP and public law.
  • Supervisors, give safety guidance to personnel before letting them work alone, especially if paints or chemicals will be used.
  • Read product instructions carefully and make sure you follow them. Pay attention to flammability cautions and ventilation requirements.
  • Keep MSDS handy. They provide fire and explosion data, exposure and first aid information, list personal protective equipment needed and much more.

For safety-related tools and programs you can put into practice today, visit the US Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center website at:

https://safety.army.mil

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