March 15, 2018
As spring approaches, construction, yard work, and spring cleaning soon will be in full swing. Otter Tail Power Company’s Safety Services Manager Greg Overland encourages customers and neighbors to follow these tips from the National Safety Council to avoid slips, trips, and falls as we become more active with warmer weather.
“Falls are the third leading cause of unintentional death in the United States, according to the National Safety Council.” said Overland. “When we’re focusing on a task, we may become preoccupied, missing hazards that can cause a fall. Pay special attention to what you’re doing in areas where falls most commonly occur, including doorways, ramps, cluttered walkways, uneven surfaces, areas prone to wetness or spills, unstable work surfaces, ladders, and stairs.”
You can help to prevent slips, trips, and falls by:
“Take these preventative measures and stay vigilant of your surroundings,” adds Overland. “If we all do our part to maintain safe areas and increase our awareness, we can help prevent injury to ourselves and our loved ones—especially young children and older adults.”
To learn more about how to prevent slips, trips, and falls, visit the National Safety Council’s website at www.nsc.org.