Safety Tidbit for 3/4/2019

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I’m diabetic.  Some people, when they learn that, think I shouldn’t have that piece of chocolate.  I can have a little chocolate, some ice cream, and I can enjoy a good sandwich.  I shouldn’t have lots of chocolate, or anything high in carbs.  It’s all about a good balance.  Eating a healthy diet keeps me alert and gives me the energy I need to be productive.  So, yes, I’ll say that good nutrition helps me…

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Keith Steele

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Safety Tidbit for Monday, 02/04/2019

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For the past several years, I’ve done a tidbit in January to encourage everyone to remember to include safety in making New Year resolutions. This year I didn’t. I read something online that said weekly goals will produce better results. I also read an advice column that promoted the concept of daily improvement. In my opinion, that’s a better idea and more likely to bring results. So, as 2019 marches on, each day find something you can do, or some way to help another, to…

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for 01/07/2019

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I took a different road to work this morning after I ran an errand. The speed limit sign said 55 MPH, but my speedometer showed 35 MPH. And the car beside me had at least 5 inches of snow on top. Shortly after that, I saw a car that had managed to plow off the road and was stuck in snow up to the hood. I’d checked the weather forecast last night, I knew I’d be late, I’d allowed myself extra time, and I took all the time I needed. I’m not going to calculate how much the vacation time I used is worth. It doesn’t matter. It’s a small price to pay to …

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 12/03/2018

Recently I was passing between some stanchions when I noticed the crossbars. They were set at a perfect height. I stopped for a moment to take care of some important business. I retied by shoes. Yes, it may seem trivial, but my shoes are part of my personal protective equipment (PPE) and I want to make sure they are fitting right. My experience is that when my shoes are loose I find it distracting. We often overlook them, but keeping our shoes tied helps us …

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 11/6/2018

Being middle-aged, I have a few medical “conditions” that come with that age bracket. (Sorry for the lack of details, but I don’t want to get too personal.) A few months ago, the doctor prescribed a medication that greatly helped. But like many medications, it had side effects. This one made me even drowsier than my other medications. After a quick talk with the doctor’s office, I stopped the medication.

I have two safety tie-ins here. First, coordinate with your doctor before stopping any medication. Second, be aware of how your medications affect you. It may be necessary to stop a medication if it will help you…

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 10/1/2018

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I was recently driving on the freeway when I saw another driver swerving a little. I watched carefully, knowing I’d need to pass before long. When it appeared to be safe, I passed and caught a glimpse of the driver as I did. It was easy to see her face lit up by her cell phone. I doubt she realized how obvious it was, what the signs were of what she was doing. Seeing something that obvious reminds me of why I chose to …

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for 9/6/2018

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My mother would say, “My, is it September already?” School has started, we’ve celebrated Labor Day, and the weather is starting to cool off. One of the projects I need to do soon is arrange for my annual service for my furnace. I’ll also want to make sure all my cars are winter-ready. We always keep some blankets in the car, and my wife will want to make sure we have some good snacks in the car. I know it seems like summer isn’t completely over, but yes, it’s time to start preparing for winter. Besides, it’s never too early to start planning to …

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 7/30/2018

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I’m currently reading a book that connects success and thought processes, emphasizing learning and our attitude towards it. Without delving into the psychology of the book, I see a strong correlation between the successes defined in the book and our perception of safety. One frame of mind is, “I don’t have any accidents, so I must be safe.” The other is, “It’s a challenging world out there. How can I be safer?” In writing these tidbits, I try to encourage the second mindset. While being and behaving safely is critical, it is also vital that we continue to learn and integrate new safety standards in our activities. We always need to continue learning how to…

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for 7/2/2018

Recently, I was riding on the freeway with my teenage son.  Usually, I’d drive, but this time my son drove because I was taking a strong pain killer.  As we travelled, I was impressed with how safely my son was driving.  Most of all, I was impressed with the distance he kept between him and the car ahead of him, which was usually five seconds or more.  I don’t know if my son learned this from my example, or if he learned in his driver’s training.  Regardless, I’m glad my son is learning to …

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 6/4/2018

I hope everyone had a memorable and safe Memorial Day weekend. I did, visiting some historical displays, taking a ride with my son, and roasting hotdogs with my family in the evening. However, I know of one family where the memories will be difficult. I read an article online where a young man was riding an UTV when he crashed, resulting in fatal injuries. The phrase from the article, “he took a corner too fast…” stands out for me.

Did he not know the area? Did he not concentrate? Could someone have said a word of caution to him? I don’t know how many other similar injuries happened over the holiday weekend, but one is too many. As the summer continues, I hope everyone will take extra precautions to …

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Keith Steele