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DEC Announces Brush Burning Prohibited

The DEC would like to remind the public that the conditions for wildfires are heightened and have therefore banned burning brush and other debris from March 16 through May 14. For details on the ban please see the link below:
DEC Burn Ban Announcement

Hypothermia

Hypothermia and frostbite are two hazards that we want to avoid in winter. Here are some safety tips that will keep you safe and warm:

• Add additional layers, especially if your job keeps you outside for extended periods of time.
• Decrease your risk for slips, trips and falls by removing snow and applying salt to icy areas.

Make sure you know the signs to look for that indicate hypothermia or frostbite:

Hypothermia:
• Shaking or shivering
• Slurred speech
• Lack of coordination
• Confusion or drowsiness

Frostbite:
• Skin that is very hard, pale or numb
• Swelling or blisters
• Joint or muscle stiffness

If you think you have frostbite, get to a warm area and remove all wet clothing immediately. Keep the affected part of the body elevated and place a dry sterile bandage to the area and weave dry cotton through appendages such as fingers or toes. Seek proper medical attention as soon as possible.

Eye Protection

March is workplace eye safety awareness month. According to Washington Eye Physicians and Surgeons, hundreds of eye injuries occur daily at job sites. One out of 10 of these injuries result in a missed day from work and 10-20% cause temporary or permanent loss of vision.

40% of work related injuries occur in laboratories, offices and healthcare facilities. Safety experts state that wearing the appropriate eye protection could have prevented or lessened the severity of 90% of these incidents.

Eye protection can be as simple as putting on a pair of safety glasses. Try to eliminate the risk in your work space. Make sure you keep your eye protection in good condition and replace when necessary.

 

Last Updated: 3/12/19