Holiday Safety in the Workplace

Stay Safe When Celebrating the Season

It’s the holiday season – a time for decorations and festivities to celebrate the season. While you might welcome your displays of holiday spirit in your workplace and among your staff, it is important to keep safety in mind. Here are some guidelines to follow to ensure everyone celebrates the season safely.

Holiday Decorations

  • Mixing and matching lights can create a fire hazard; keep outside lights outdoors and inside lights indoors.
  • Discard any light strings that have cracks, exposed wire or loose connections.
  • Do not connect more than three sets of lights to an extension cord.
  • Make sure that cords are not running through a walkway, as it creates a tripping hazard.
  • Do not close doors or windows on extension cords and do not run them under rugs or carpeting.
  • Make sure all indoor decorations are unplugged at the end of the day.
  • Do not allow any decorations with an open flame, such as candles.
  • Make sure decorations do not block doorways, walkways, exit signs or stairwells.
  • All decorations should be made of flame-retardant or non-combustible materials.

Food Safety

If you are bringing in foods to share with your coworkers, be sure to observe these safety precautions:

  • Keep perishable food refrigerated and do not leave out for more than two hours.
  • Use serving utensils, even for “finger food,” so that multiple people are not touching it.
  • Label your food, especially if it contains peanuts or other ingredients that others may be allergic to.

The holidays are a great time to enjoy raised spirits and festivities. But, to stay safe, always use common sense when bringing decorations or food items into the workplace.