The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970 served to create Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is the agency that oversees the working conditions of most workplaces in the country. This agency sets standards and enforces them, as well as providing education, outreach, training, and assistance with compliance. The standards set forth by the Administration cover four main categories, which are maritime, general industry, agriculture, and construction. All employers must provide work environments that are safe and free from potential hazards. While the general industry standards apply to all workplaces, industry specific standards take precedence over the general ones when they relate to hazards that are identical. Requirements such as hazard communication and personal protective equipment (PPE) are applicable to all industries.
- Inspect electrical decorations for damage before use
- Never connect more than three strings of incandescent lights
- Use battery operated candles
- Keep tree fresh by watering daily
- Protect cords from damage
- Keep combustibles at least three feet from heat sources.
- Check decorations for certification label
- Do not overload electrical outlets
- Stay in the kitchen when something is cooking
- Turn off, unplug, and extinguish all decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house.
The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where families gather to cook favorite recipes, share warm meals, and reconnect with each other, especially during the holidays. Unfortunately, it’s also where two of every five reported home fires start.