Coffee Maker Safety
It’s nice to have coffee available for your members, but coffee makers do pose certain
— Fire or electrocution hazard due to wiring or design flaws.
— Risk of burns from the heated parts of the coffee maker and the coffee itself.
— Cuts, if the glass carafe breaks.
To minimize the risks:
— Don’t let the coffee maker dry out.
— Make sure someone shuts off the appliance at the end of each day.
— Use care when removing the filter basket and pouring hot liquid.
— Be alert for damage to the glass carafe that could lead to it breaking.
Consumer models in particular may pose more fire risk than commercial coffee making equipment. If that’s the kind of coffee maker you are using, consider implementing a policy of unplugging the appliance at the end of the day rather than just turning it off.
Winter Slip & Fall Prevention
With winter upon us, it’s important to think about protecting your members, guests and staff from slips and falls related to snow, ice and water on your premises. It starts with keeping conditions as safe and clear as possible:
— Keep sidewalks, walkways and driveways shoveled and cleared.
— Use ice melt wherever there’s ice or potential ice.
— Mop floors frequently to combat tracked-in water and melted snow.
— Place caution signs to warn of icy spots outdoors and wet floors indoors.
Remind your staff of these safety tips for preventing falls:
— Wear shoes or boots with good traction.
— Take small steps, walking or shuffling as slowly as necessary.
— Keep hands free as much as possible for balance.
— Take multiple trips rather than overloading your arms and carrying too much on the uncertain footing of ice or snow.
— Use handrails as much as possible.
Use extra caution getting out of a vehicle if you’re not sure how slick the parking surface
With these safety practices and reminders top of mind, your facility should be safer for everyone this winter, no matter what the weather brings.