Stay Safe This Summer

2018-05-09 Giveaway

We asked for your best safety tips, and you delivered.

We received hundreds of great submissions from coworkers across the country, and you made the job of narrowing down to just ten summer safety tips difficult. The people chosen as our giveaway winners were randomly selected from all entries.

Congratulations to...

  • Billy Almond, granulator operator at Tifton
    • Safety is everybody business. There are three very important safety tips for everyone to follow while driving – don't text and drive, please pull over somewhere and talk; don't drink and drive, your family depends on you; and always have you and your kids wear seat belts and in their car seats because safety is everybody's business.

  • Erik Orellana, maintenance technician at Thomasville
    • It's important to drink water and stay hydrated.
  • Angela Perez, showroom consultant at the SSC in Orlando
    • Beach safety - Rip currents and high surf are more active during spring break and summer months. They are very strong and can even take down a grown adult. Always stay in water with small children, be cautious at all times, and if possible swim at a lifeguard protected beach. If you get caught in a rip current you are unable to swim out of. don't fight it. Instead, float or calmly tread water and swim towards the shore once you're out of the current. Be aware have a fun and safe day at the beach.

You will each be receiving a summer safety giveaway pack and will be contacted soon.

2018 Summer Safety Tips

Below, you'll find our top picks, providing advice for a variety of summer topics. Check out these great submissions from your coworkers:

Keep your mind sharp and focused while at work so that you are able to enjoy the weather, family vacations and time away from work. If you are distracted on the job, you could be the reason that you, or a coworker, miss out on this wonderful time of year.
  –Branson Holt, supply quality engineer, Thomasville, NC

Drink plenty of water, at least 8 oz. of water every 20 minutes. Alternate water intake with sports drinks or squencher popsicles to restore electrolytes. Keep away from alcohol or caffeine, as these lead to dehydration, and limit or eliminate consumption of energy drinks!
  –Celeste Caban, EHS specialist, Sunnyvale, TX

A lot of us are sales reps in our cars. It's important to remember that your left arm is subject to UV rays when the sun is out. Always wear sunscreen, especially on your left arm if you at driving a lot.
  –Julia Gutt, account executive, Seattle, WA

Build a summer safety kit to travel with the family while you are on the go. Products such as sun block, bottled water, lip balm w/ SPF, spare clothing, etc. Be creative and keep it with you at all times!
  –Andy Verbeck, SSC manager, Davenport, IA

When mowing, weed eating, etc. around your house, you should not only wear eye and ear
protection, but walk the area to be mowed to look for yellow jacket and hornet nests. Not only are they painful, for some they can be life threatening.
  –Greg Thompson, sequence leader, Danville, VA

Always carry water with you! Have your warehouse employees use a cooling towel around their neck during the day. It's hot out there and even a 10 degree temp. change is helpful.
  –Lisa Terry, assistant operations manager, Phoenix, AZ

Summer Safety Tips
S-Swim with a friend and never alone.
U-Use bug repellant.
M-Monitor thedaily forecast
M-Make sure you wear appropriate clothing for the weather
E-Ensure your car is empty before you lock children or pets in it
R-Ride safe, always wear a helmet
S-Stay hydrated
A-Always wear sun screen
F-Follow all pool rules
E-Escape bad weather by taking shelter
  –Tina Washington, planning/logistics coordinator, Sugar Valley, GA

I believe that the most important safety tip for a vacation is to arrive at your vacation location safe and arrive back home safe. To do this, it is so important to never text or talk on the phone while driving. Never drive while tired or sleepy. Make sure you have plenty of time to get to your locations so you will not be rushing. Arriving safe is a great vacation.
  –Pearl Layne, operations support coordinator, Bridgeport, AL

Learn CPR and how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator). Knowing how to use
either of these can save a life year-round.
  –Danny MacNair, Daltile SSC manager, Irvine, CA

Save your eyesight! Always wear sunglasses! The sun's UV rays are stronger during the summer than in the winter. Use sunglasses that offer 100 percent UV absorption and are impact resistant.
  –Mary Hennessey, HR manager, Thomasville, NC

Remember, the safety information that you learn at work will help keep you and your family safe at home.
  –Charlotte Young, procurement specialist, Chatsworth, GA

Thank you for your submissions, and keep an eye out for more interactive giveaways in the future!

Numbers You Should Know

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