Safety Tidbit for Monday, 4/30/2018

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Memorial Day is only four weeks away – the traditional beginning of summer. And I’m feeling like a broken record. Just think about it. Each year we are reminded of the change in weather, the summer activities, to be cautious when we’re recreating, and the need for caution in holiday traffic. The 101 critical days of summer. “Be careful because we want to see you back at work.” Sound familiar?

Let’s “flip this around.” How would you feel if you cut your hand while daydreaming about a swimming party? Or if you were in the hospital because you lost control while driving too fast in the mountains? Or worse, how would you feel if someone else was injured while you were driving because you “just had to post to Facebook” about your fishing trip? Is it worth it? To me, any one of those sounds like an excellent reason to …

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Keith Steele

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Safety Tidbit for Monday, 4/2/2018

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Earlier this year, my son’s small dog got into the shower right after a shower. I don’t know why, but he found some pleasure in licking the wet shower floor. That’s one habit we didn’t want him to develop. He didn’t like it when we didn’t let him back in. For a few weeks after, he’d stand outside the shower door with that “puppy dog look,” as if he were saying, “But Keith, I’ve done it before!” It was all a matter of training, and now he ignores the shower.

There are good and bad habits, and we can learn good habits, and work to break bad habits.  I recommend everyone take time to think about your habits, and break any habit that presents danger to you and others.  It may be smoking in bed, weaving through freeway traffic, or bypassing safety measures at work.  Just take some time, ask for help if needed, and take time to…

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for 1/30/2018

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I work near a receiving warehouse with forklifts zipping around all day long.  I always pay attention when I walk through the warehouse for obvious reasons.  I remember one day as I passed a forklift, the operator and I politely made eye contact, acknowledging each other.  At the same time, I also remember hearing another forklift sounding a horn.  It took me a moment before I saw the other forklift about 20 yards away.  I don’t know if he was honking specifically for me, but I appreciate his efforts to…

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 1/1/2018

Recently I was walking through a parking lot, after a snowstorm, when I came to a section where the snow hadn’t been cleared away. I stopped, looked at the path ahead of me, and focused on where the snow wasn’t too deep. After a few yards of walking through the shallow snow, I again needed to stop and evaluate the best way to climb a small slope. I ended up taking a little longer path (maybe five yards out of my way) to where the slope wasn’t as steep, where I’d have better traction. And I reached my destination without incident.

Sorry, no tales of bruised behinds or broken bones. Of course the winter is just starting, so I may have more chances to slip and fall. But my chances of injury are reduced when I stop, look things over, and take the time to…

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 12/18/2017

I picked up my snow blower on my way home from work the other day. I dropped it off for servicing several days before, knowing  the weather would turn cold. I want to make sure it works well before the winter storms come. That’s one thing I need to do before winter comes in full force. After all, preparation is vital for my family and me to… 

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 11/06/2017

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If you google the term “taking a knee,” you’ll find political and social perspectives because of the happenings in the NFL. For the last several weeks, I’ve also been taking a knee, but for a different reason. I’ve had some medical procedures, which include some “extra hardware” in my side, and the doctor said I’m not supposed to bend or stoop, or lift anything heavier than ten pounds. So what do I do when I drop my keys? I take a knee. By getting on one knee, and then carefully standing back up, I can retrieve my keys (or other small things I may have dropped) without stressing my side. And there’s nothing controversial about it! After the medical hardware is gone, I can continue to take a knee, which is another small thing that will help me …

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 10/30/17

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Last week, the freeway message signs read, “Who ya gonna call? Nobody … you’re driving!”

Freeway speeds are 65 MPH, or higher. At that speed, you travel about 95 feet in one second. How much distance is between you and the vehicle ahead of you? If you take your eyes off the road for “just a sec,” how far will you actually go before you can again focus on the traffic? I’ve heard recommendations of keeping three seconds between you and the vehicle ahead of you. I also recommend you keep 100% focused on what’s around you – the other mothers, fathers, and kids. I don’t ask for much. I just want us all to …

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Keith Steele

P.S.  Watch out for all the kids who will be out for Halloween!

Editor’s Note

Due to my recent medical situations, I won’t be able to consistently write my tidbits each week.  Hopefully all will be resolved by the end of the year.  Thanks for your understanding, and remember to take the time and make a personal effort to…

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 09/11/2017

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I recently saw a sign in a store’s restroom that read in part, “Please DO NOT kick the toilet lever to flush….” It then specified the damages caused, and then the proper way to flush. I suspect that anyone kicking the toilet handle was thinking of their personal hygiene, but not considering other consequences.  
A big part of safety is, yes, to keep yourself safe. Just as important is to keep others safe. For example, as I’m driving on the freeway, it would be safe if I moved over to pass the vehicle I’m gaining on. At the same time, I need to make sure that I leave room for safety between my car and the cars in the other lane. Be considerate, be observant, and…

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Keith Steele