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P.O. Box 231,
Berwick, La. 70342

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PersonalProtectiveEquipmentSafety Tip: Personal Protective Equipment (Are You Dressed For the Occasion)?

Wearing the proper clothing and personal protective equipment on the job is critical. Appropriate clothing is your first and often only line of defense against many safety and health hazards.

Proper clothing: is Key. Simple as it may sound, you must dress for the occasion. Wearing stylish clothing can create a bigger hazard or may not provide protection from hazards while you work. Proper clothing that protects is the key. It is not uncommon to hear about tragedies that have taken place when a worker who was wearing loose clothing got too close to an operating machine and was drawn into the machine. Machines are powerful and unforgiving! Loose clothing is never appropriate in an industrial workplace.

Protect your feet: Standard footwear for most maintenance related activities should be sturdy leather footwear, preferably boots equipped with safety toes if handling heavy objects. Tennis shoes, offer little or no protection against worksite hazards.

Hand Protection: Gloves are inexpensive and easily available protection which guards against many hazards. They can protect hands from exposures ranging from chemical spills and cuts, to heat and cold. Hand protection comes in huge assortment of styles, materials and sizes. All of them are made to protect your hands from specific hazards. It is important to select the proper kind and style of glove to effectively protect hands from the hazards that may be encountered.

Jewelry in the workplace: can also be a hazard that is often overlooked. Rings, bracelets, and chains can be the cause of a much more severe hand related accident. Common sense should be considered when wearing your jewelry. The best choice is to keep your jewelry at home.

Head Protection and Eye Protection: Hard hats and safety glasses should be worn at the work site whenever there is an overhead hazard or potential for an object to enter the eyes. A hard hat can not only protect you from the rain, it can save your life! The benefits received from eye protection are significant Safety glasses are a sure way to help save your eyesight!

Dressing for the workplace, by wearing the right kind of clothing helps protect you from injury. It is your first line of defense against worksite hazards. Carefully choose your work clothing and the personal protective equipment which will best protect you for your job. Improper clothing is an invitation for an accident to occur.

Think Safety by choosing your work clothing with the workplace in mind

Remember - "It is better to be careful 100 times than to get killed once." (Mark Twain)



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We should also check for overloading of electrical outlets, and misuse of extension cords. Always check for candles left burning as a source of light in the event of major power outage.


The winter season also brings with it snow and ice storms. When the temperature starts dropping into the freezing zone, that's when you need to be prepared for the worst. Broken pipes, water damage, roof leaks, and slips and falls are claims reported during this time of the year. Here are safety tips for you and your maintenance employees to consider:


Keep trees and branches trimmed within the complex


In the maintenance shop, make sure you have several sheets of plywood for roof decking, roofing nails, tarp, and a roll of heavy gauge visqueen.


Make sure heat is left on in vacant units and/or at least the water is shut off and inside pipes drained.


Respond as soon as possible to damaged areas to reduce further loss of property and/or bodily injury.


Check sidewalks and parking lots to remove ice and broken limbs. Tape off these areas and/or barricade them if necessary.


To protect you from the cold, here are some personal safety tips to follow:


Dress in layered clothing and wear some sort of head gear/covering


Prepare your home and car for cold weather-such as safety kits


Before a winter storm hits, have a week's worth supply of food and water.


Have a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, and extra batteriesNever use cooking stoves as a source of heat. Heating fires are the second leading cause of all residential building fires, and using cooking stoves to heat your home contributes to this statistic. Not only will it cause fires, but it releases deadly carbon monoxide gases.


 Never use cooking stoves as a source of heat. Heating fires are the second leading cause of all residential building fires, and using cooking stoves to heat your home contributes to this statistic. Not only will it cause fires, but it releases deadly carbon monoxide gases.




FEMAtipsDangerously low temperatures are in the forecast and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants individuals and families to be safe when faced with the hazards of cold temperatures. 

“Subfreezing temperatures can be dangerous and even life-threatening for people who don't take the proper precautions,” said Andrew Velasquez III, FEMA Regional Administrator. “It is important for everyone to monitor their local weather reports and take steps now to stay safe during times of extreme cold temperatures.”

During cold weather, you should take the following precautions:

    • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit your exposure to the cold;
    • Dress in layers and keep dry;
    • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance;
    • Know the symptoms of cold-related health issues such as frostbite and hypothermia and seek medical attention if health conditions are severe;
    • Bring your pets indoors or ensure they have a warm shelter area with unfrozen water;
  • Make sure your vehicle has an emergency kit that includes an ice scraper, blanket and flashlight – and keep the fuel tank above half full.

You can find more information and tips on being ready for winter weather and extreme cold temperatures at www.ready.gov/winter. You can also follow Ready online on Twitter at twitter.com/ReadydotGov and on Facebook at facebook.com/readygov


Kitchen-fireAre you ready? Are you completing regular property inspections? Is your property protected? Are your residents educated on fire safety?  All of these are essential in fire prevention and protection of your property.  Most people believe fires can only happen to other people - not to me and not in my home  Yet, over 80 percent of fire deaths occur in the home, most claiming the lives of the young, the elderly and the disadvantaged. You can make a difference¦

In addition to cooking and careless smoking kids playing with matches or lighters is one of the main causes of fires in public housing. Misuse of extension cords, portable heaters and cooking appliances, as well as improper storage of flammable or combustible materials are all actual and potential causes of fires in the home.  We can talk about these another day, but for now lets talk about how you can prevent fires from cooking as well as from kids playing with matches.

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