From our friends at http://fivethirtyeight.com
Just had a co-worker tell me about a relative whose package was just stolen right off her porch last night. She heard a noise and looked out just in time to see a hooded man grab a package from her porch and run away into the darkness. She called the company that was scheduled to deliver the package and found out that the delivery man had only just dropped the package off. Chances are the thief was following the delivery truck waiting for the driver to deliver packages.
It seems to happen every year about this time. With more and more people shopping online and more and more presents being delivered through the mail, packages that are left on the porch become easy pickings for unscrupulous thieves.
Here are a few things to keep this from happening to you:
1. Whenever possible, have the package delivered to your place of business rather than your home.
2. You can also have the package delivered to an address where you know someone will be home. Track delivery and let them know when the package is expected so they can be on the look out for it.
3. Opting for “signature required” will also insure that your package won’t just be left on the doorstep. If you aren’t there to sign for the package the carrier will leave a note letting you know that the package will be at the post office for you to come pick up and sign for.
4. Finally, opt for in-store pick up rather than delivery. You can still shop online and not have to deal with the crowds but by going to the store to pick it up when you have the time instead of having it mailed to your home, you not only get the piece of mind of knowing that you package won’t get stolen, you’ll also save the shipping cost.
Wishing you a theft-free holiday season!
(Thanks to newbornphotography.com)
Those of you who read this safety blog regularly know Ken Oswald. He regularly contributes as a guest blogger. A couple of weeks ago he sent over a Holiday Safety Poem and I thought I’d share it with you so here it is:
‘Twas weeks before the holidays and time to prepare,
We must be careful and always aware.
All thru the house there’s so much to do –
Cooking, shopping and decorating too.
Accountants and Service Reps lined up with care,
In hopes of a springtime soon would be there.
While Operators put every last call to bed,
They had visions of chocolates dancing in their head.
Installers in their boots, and Mechanics in their caps,
Had just settled down for a much-deserved nap.
When out on the cell tower there arose such a clatter,
They sprang from their chairs to see what was the matter.
Away to the window they flew like a flash,
Dropping their munchies and tripping over trash,
The north wind blew the new fallen snow,
Obscuring the visibility way down below,
When, what to all wondering eyes should appear,
But the Safety Committee, announcing, “There’s nothing to fear”.
With their OSHA Manuals full of guidelines and tips,
They could handle any condition pretty darn quick.
They went straight to work spreading safety cheer
Passing out new Personal Protective Equipment in time for the New Year,
And safety posters, ergonomic balls and stress relief tips, too.
With no accident reports, makes Workman’s Comp so blue.
Holiday candles add such a festive glow (but never at work),
Just blow them out before you go.
Not watched on a desk or on top of a mantel,
Will assure a fire for a pro to handle.
Light up the night and add color to your tree,
String those lights together, but no more than three.
Use extension cords, but only UL approved for outdoors,
Watch for tripping hazards on the floors.
Steady that ladder; don’t work in high wind,
Wear the right shoes and get help from a friend.
Before you are nestled all snug in your bed,
Turn off the space heater and then lay down your head.
Don’t dry on the heater your kerchief or cap,
The firefighter may just interrupt your long winters nap.
If your stockings are hung on the mantel with care (away from the flame),
You can rest assured St Nicholas soon will be there.
Wrapping paper or a dry Christmas tree too,
Will burn too hot for your fireplace flue.
Between you and me, I know it to be so,
The year can be ENMR·Plateau’s best ever show,
Then they packed their bags, giving a smile that was pleasing
Safety is the reason, That puts joy in our season,
And all of you are the best of the best!
So, let’s not give vigilance a rest!
So back to the safety office away the Committee did fly,
Speeding through the cold December sky,
But we all heard them exclaim as they drove out of sight,
“Have a VERY SAFE Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night!”
Have a very merry Christmas!
Here’s a new twist…
Most of us are familiar with the OSHA Santa, the OSHA cowboy, etc… (If not, click here to view them). As strange as it may seem, these humorous drawings may be closer to the truth than we might think and some people are sick and tired of all the fun in the holiday season being taking away in the name of safety.
According to an article in the Press Association, a group of ministers (of all people) have had enough of what they are calling “ridiculous” bans that are apparently intended to remove safety hazards that are nothing more than “myths”. This group is calling them “health and Safety Killjoys”.
“The Government published a list of so-called “Christmas elf and safety myths”, which included children being banned from having snowball fights; office workers told they cannot put up Christmas decorations; panto performers ordered not to throw sweets into the audience; being sued for clearing snow from outside your business or home; and preventing people from putting coins in traditional Christmas puddings.
Also mentioned were seats being removed from shops – despite weary Christmas shoppers wanting to rest their feet; traditional town centre Christmas trees being scaled back or replaced by artificial alternatives; Christmas lights needing electrical PAT (portable appliance) tests every year; Santa being ordered to buckle up on his sleigh; and carol singers being classed as a health and safety risk.”
While no one is anti-safety, this group of ministers is saying “enough is enough”. The holidays are supposed to be a time or joy and celebration and government agencies that take all the fun of it in the name of safety myths need to be reined in, according to this group of ministers.
I’m a safety professional and I’d be the last person to advocate unsafe behavior, but I have to admit that I agree. Sometimes you can go overboard and people packed in cotton aren’t going to have much of a life.
Six Stress Relief Tips for Dealing with the Holidays
Six Stress Relief Tips for Holiday Headaches. It’s hard to believe that the holidays are just around the corner but the Christmas ads on TV are a sure sign that we’re heading in to holiday season – for some a time of sharing family time and, for others, a series of headaches and heartaches.
At this time of year, more than any other, taking care of your emotional needs is essential to enjoying a truly happy holiday. This isn’t always easy to do but here are six key points to keep in mind in the weeks ahead.
Do you have any of these signs of STRESS??
Here are the six easy steps to help deal with daily stress in our lives and especially at the holidays.
The holidays are supposed to be perfect – perfect gift, perfect dinner, and perfect family interaction like a Norman Rockwell painting. Real life isn’t like that so the turkey may be a bit overdone or the New Year’s Eve punch tastes like brake fluid.
Forget the perfection model. Accept setbacks, missteps and miscues with a sense of humor. No holiday is perfect. No family is perfect. No family member is perfect so give up the idea of seeking perfection, go with the flow, forget the stress and have fun. Enjoy life each day.
Life goes on even though Christmas is in the air. There’s still the morning commute, the weekly chores and lots of social events. Don’t try to do it all. Send regrets to some invitations, just to take a night off and curl up with a good book or your family. Spread out your holiday obligations to carve out recovery time in between.
No to the child’s demand for a certain toy, no to the in-laws, no to the co-workers, friends and neighbors. Put yourself in control of your activities. However, tread lightly and do your best not to hurt any feelings. Friends will understand the need to take a break during the holiday rush. The in-laws? Maybe not.
If you’re used to spending hours slogging your way through the holiday crowds at the mall, change your buying habits. Shop online. Or go through the blizzard of catalogs that arrives each Christmas and shop by phone. It’s faster and a whole lot less stressful.
Too much wine, too many martinis, free flowing eggnog and way too many celebratory toasts with Champaign on New Year’s Eve. Too many sweet treats and huge amounts of baked goods are very tempting this time of year. Enjoy them, just in moderation. Over-imbibing through the holiday season is only going to tire you out and make you feel worse.
We need to close out the world for stress to actually leave our bodies. Muscles will remain tensed (very fatiguing), joints will ache (annoying) and your immune system will be weakened by the constant bombardment of holiday stress triggers.
Take 20 minutes each day – that’s all you need. Close the door. Turn off the phone. Get into a comfortable position and just close your eyes. Breathe deeply several times and let the world go by.
This is especially important during the upcoming holiday season. So get ready. Santa Claus is coming to town, but you can keep stress at bay this holiday season by thinking of your well-being and emotional happiness, too.
Think of it as the best holiday gift you could give yourself. I wish you all the best during this Christmas and Kwanza season. And a most happy Chanukah to those who celebrate all of these wonderful holidays.
Today’s blog post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald
Safety and Security Manager for Plateau
In the story of the Grinch, his heart which was two sizes too small, grew. Seems that Dr Seuss might inadvertently have stumbled on something important.
Turns out that your heart might give you problems during the holidays unless you learn to control your stress levels. According to a podcast from the American Physiological Society available for streaming here, heart attack deaths peak on Christmas and New Years.
It was originally thought that the problem was related to the cold weather but cardiologist Robert Kloner of the Keck School of Medicine and Good Samaritan Hospital found that the trend held true for Los Angeles as well.
After a long list of probable causes were eliminated one by one, it was concluded that the culprit was stress.
It has long been known that the holidays are the most stressful time of the year but apparently we now have one more thing to stress about; your heart!
So… learning to simplify and distress Christmas and learning how to properly handle stress just got more important with the holidays on the way. The American Heart Association is a great place to start. Download “How can I Manage Stress?” to learn more about it.