Environmental Health and Safety

8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday thru Friday

Phone: 530-898-5126

After Hours Contact:
UPD 898-5555

Department Zip: 0019

Summer Hours:
7:00 am to 5:30 pm
Closed Friday

Fall - Enjoy the Season Safely

As we welcome the fall season, the cooler weather, and the beginning of the Holiday season, seasonal decorating is in progress and holiday celebrations are being planned.

Please consider workplace safety and safety-at-home when planning festivities to avoid an unfortunate accident and/or injury.  Many hazards can easily be avoided or eliminated by considering potential hazards and by taking a few minutes to review the following safety tips.

Fire Safety and Fire Hazards

  • Use electrical decorations and decorative lights properly.  Follow manufacturer instructions to avoid overloading the electrical circuit.
  • Do not crimp or compress electrical cords.  Never run cords under rugs as they can overheat and catch fire.
  • Keep combustible and flammable decorations away from light fixtures and other heat sources.
  • Never hang decorations from fire sprinklers and never cover smoke detectors.
  • Never disguise or cover exit signs and exit doors, and never reduce or block exit routes.
  • Limit the amount of combustibles and flammable decorations; an abundance of decorations will contribute to rapid fire growth and spread.

General Safety Considerations

  • Be aware of trip hazards in your area.  Do not place cords across walkways or leave items on the floor where they can be a trip hazard.
  • Be aware of wet and slippery surfaces, clean-up or report wet floors and spills.  Never leave a spill unattended.  Ask someone to get help while you watch the area.
  • To avoid a slip and fall, consider wearing non-slip footwear or bring an alternate pair of shoes to wear to and from your car.
  • Be considerate of food safety.  A good rule to use to avoid food borne illness is to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.  Dairy and poultry items require extra attention and should be tossed if left out for more than a couple of hours.
  • Use caution while driving.  Do not be a distracted driver.  Always look out for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclist should wear reflective clothing during dawn/dusk to be better seen.  Follow the rules related to stopping at stop signs, and yield to vehicles when appropriate.

Lastly, make sure you can enjoy the Holiday Season by getting enough rest, eating well, and exercising regularly.

For more information on keeping your family safe throughout the Fall seaon, please visit the Center for Disease Control - Autumn Safety



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