This Sunday is the end of Daylight Savings Time. As you spend time changing clocks that can't change themselves, don't forget to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
I hosted a 4th of July gathering a couple years ago that included setting off home fireworks. Being outside city limits, our neighborhood had several houses that were doing the same. We noticed the neighbors a couple houses over setting out their impressive collection of fireworks on a large table. It wasn't long after the fireworks started at the different houses that we heard some yelling and looked over to watch as all of the fireworks that had been stored on their table went off at the same time. Nobody got hurt and that was a good outcome for the dangerous situation.
I drive a lot during any week. These past few weeks I have been noticing more and more spots that have been blackened by fire. Oklahoma's burn ban was expanded this week to include 12 more counties than the ban that was issued on January 30.
I waited until the coldest weekend to put lights up on our house. As I stood on the ladder, I kept looking at my neighbors' lights on their houses, thinking about my chores list, and attaching light clips to the house. I was definitely distracted. After I dropped my third or fourth clip, I realized that I needed to stop letting my mind wander and focus on the task at hand.
With winter officially beginning in just a few weeks, preparations for winter driving should begin now.
For certain jobs, wearing safety glasses or a face shield to protect a person's eyes is a requirement. It is important for individuals to identify tasks outside of the work place that also require eye protection to be used.
Getting enough sleep can affect many aspects of a person's day. Some of these aspects can be a person's mood and how well a person performs his or her job. Industrial Safety & Hygiene News (IS&HN) posted a blog (OSHA has no regulation for sleep deprivation -- but you must know who is fit for duty) regarding the ways that sleep insufficiency can interfere with a person's job performance through impeded judgment, lack of manual dexterity, and lack of alertness. Employees wear PPE and work to have situational awareness on the job, but severe sleep insufficiency could be "as dangerous as alcoholic impairment".
As we get farther into summer, the temperatures are starting to rise. With the temperatures going up, our mindfulness with staying hydrated should also be going up as we spend time outside. Everyone has heard the rule about drinking 8 cups of water a day; but, how much water should we really be drinking? The generally accepted advice now seems to be for people to listen to their bodies and drink small amounts of water often, before becoming thirsty if possible. The Mayo Clinic released the following article regarding this topic, "Water: How much should you drink every day".
As summer approaches, many of us are making plans to spend more time out of doors. While spending time outside, it is important to be mindful of the potential for tick bites.
A large number of injuries caused by falls occur in offices. Walking becomes second nature, so people don't pay attention when they are walking from one place to another.