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Avoid traffic headaches and traffic tickets this long weekend!

There are two things you can bank on when there’s a long weekend: traffic and a heavy police presence on the roads. At Levert, we want you to enjoy your time, kick off summer and relax. With this, please remember:

Don’t drink and drive — The same rules which govern drinking and driving also apply to driving and boating.

But also, here are some safe driving tips so that you don’t get caught this long weekend…in traffic or by police:

• To avoid the mass exodus, plan to leave earlier or later than everyone else and budget time to stop and stretch.
• Be patient and accept that what’s typically a two hour drive may be three hours (or more).
• Look for less travelled routes, listen to traffic reports before you leave and while on the road, and always have a back-up route in case of a collision or road block
• Driver fatigue can result in poor decisions and aggressive driving – only drive when well rested
• Always give emergency personnel the space they need – they may be saving a life
• Don’t drive distracted. Put your phones on “Do Not Disturb,” let your passengers select the music, and if you get hungry, eat at a rest stop.
• Leave a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you and always signal before you change lanes.
• While driving the boat, always remember to wear your life-jacket – if you don’t wear it, it won’t work

This long weekend, take care when getting to where you want to go – it’s about more than just “getting there,” it’s also about returning home safely.

Propane Grill Safety

Barbecue grill fires and domestic propane tank explosions are a major source of personal injury in the United States each year. According to recent statistics some 6,500 barbecue grill fires injure people accounting for property loss of over $27 million annually. Nearly two third of these gas grill fires occur in the backyard on a patio or terrace. Here are some tips when using a propane grill:

• Always check for leaks every time you disconnect or reconnect the regulator to the LP tank. If you find a leak, immediately turn off the gas at the tank and don’t attempt to light the grill until the leak is fixed. Until it is repaired, keep lighted cigarettes, matches or open flames away from it.
• Check the valve connections and hoses to be sure they are in good working order. The hoses should have no cracks, holes or leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.
• Check the tubes that lead into the burner for any blockage from insects, spiders or food grease. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear blockage and push it through to the main part of the burner.
• Never use a grill indoors. Use the grill at least 10 feet away from any building. Do not use the grill in a garage, carport, porch, or under a surface that can catch fire.
• Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease. If you can’t move the hoses, install a heat shield to protect them.
• Never Ever start a gas grill with the cover closed.
• If the burner doesn’t light, turn off the gas and try it again in about 5 minutes.
• When not in use, the LP tank valve must be turned to OFF. The tanks should always be stored in an upright position and in a place where the temperature will never reach 125 degrees F.
• Never keep a filled fuel container in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas pressure to increase, causing the relief valve to open and allowing gas to escape.

Fighting Fatigue

Fatigue is one of the leading causes for any workplace injury, studies have shown that incident rates increase during extended periods of work, with incident rates rising after 9 hours, doubling after 12 consecutive hours, and tripling by 16 consecutive hours of work

7 Steps to Fighting Fatigue

  • Get eight hours of sleep before starting work.
  • Sleep at the same time each day.
  • Take all scheduled work breaks. A snack or exercise during the break will refresh you.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet beginning the “day” with high protein foods and ending with carbohydrates. Do not eat great quantities before bedtime; this may cause trouble sleeping.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes. These substances cause sleep disturbances.
  • Walking, stretching, and aerobics can help. Exercise will give you stamina and help you to fall asleep later.
  • Work carefully and very methodically, always following proper procedures.

Eye Protection

Every day an estimated 1,000 eye injuries occur in North American workplaces. No matter where we work, flying particles, dusts, splashes or flying objects are apt to expose us to potential eye injury. Fortunately, we can protect against these hazards by using the appropriate protective eyewear for our jobs.

Here are different types of eye protection you can use.

  • SAFETY GLASSES with side shields are a good form of eye protection for general use.
  • SAFETY GOGGLES offer superior protection from small flying debris and particles as well as chemical splashes.
  • When grinding, changing propane or changing batteries we need to wear a FACE SHIELD along with our safety glasses or goggles.
  • When welding, you have the risk of harmful rays impacting your eyes from a short distance WELDING HELMETS protects your face from flying objects, and your eyes from the rays.

Walking at Night

When you are out for a walk in the evening, wear bright clothing so motorists can still see you in the dark. Carry a flashlight or wear reflective gear. If you are walking your pet, consider a reflective collar or leash. It is safer to walk in a group – there is greater visibility in numbers. Don’t text or talk on your cell phone while walking. Give the traffic and your surroundings your full attention.