CFL Light Bulb Safety

When a CFL Burns Out


When a CFL burns out it may smoke and the plastic base may blacken. This is normal and it is not a fire safety issue.

CFLs should never be discarded with household trash.  The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that consumers use only local recycling options for CFLs.  Contact your local government or visit or to identify local recycling options.

If a CFL Breaks  

CFLs are made of glass and can break. Be careful when  removing from packaging and installing or removing  from a socket. If a CFL breaks:

  • OPEN a window to allow the room to air out for 5–10  minutes.
  •  People and pets should LEAVE the room.
  • TURN OFF forced air heating and/or air conditioning.
  • COLLECT broken glass and visible powder using stiff  cardboard, tape or a damp paper towel.
  • PLACE the debris in a glass container with a metal  cover in a safe location outside until you can dispose  of it .
  • CONTACT your local government to find out how to  dispose of the jar containing the debris
  • CONTINUE airing out the room for several hours.
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Halloween Safety Tips for Trick or Treaters

Trick or Treating safety is important on Halloween night. Learn how to keep safe outside while trick or treating in this free child safety video eVillage’s Halloween expert.

Halloween Safety Tips Video

Having fun on Halloween is easy as long as you help your child stay safe. See our tips on Halloween safety so you and your child have a stress-free Halloween. Courtesy of

Double Shopping Cart Scam

This is an excerpt from the article “Double Shopping Cart.” For more information, please visit

How the scam works:


Scammers go to department stores and fill a shopping cart with absolutely everything from DVD players to sports equipment. They line up and pay for their purchases like anyone would, but once outside the store, the person who paid gives the receipt to their partner. The partner then goes into the store and fills a cart with exactly the same products.

When they’re done, they walk straight to the exit, skipping the till. They try and walk out at the same time as a bunch of other people. That way, if stopped by security, they can produce the ‘receipt’, showing ‘proof they paid’, and perhaps it was somebody else who set off the alarm. Soon after, the scammers will return all the products they paid for initially, leaving the store with thousands of dollars of free equipment. Many times, they will take these products and sell them for cash.

How to avoid:

Store owners and managers should be careful with their system of selling goods. As clients want to feel free and don’t want to be watched while shopping, there is no shame in asking those with larger purchases for the invoice at the exit. The security person should check with a pen every time on the receipt. Some major stores already have this method implemented, however, the danger of being stolen from still exists when it comes to smaller items. Although difficult, every store has to have cameras all over the property and footage needs to be checked every time items are missing from inventory. On the other hand, some stores have secret shoppers hired to keep an eye on sketchy characters.

Pumpkin Carving Safety PSA

This is a Halloween Public Service Announcement (PSA) from the Occupational Safety Project. Enjoy!

Copy Machine Phone Scam

This is an excerpt from the article “Copy Machine Call.” For more information, please visit

How the scam works:


As any office worker knows, getting phone calls about the state of your office equipment is all in a days’ work. However, there is one caller to look out for; accepting their “free” offer could prove to be
quite costly for your company, and your boss might not be very happy with that.

The copy machine scam involves a caller (from a real company, but with sneaky practices) asking you for your copy machine model number. The alleged reason this is needed is to send a new manual for the machine. However, instead of a manual arriving, boxes of extremely overpriced toner matching your machine arrive, along with an invoice for the unwanted copier item.

How to avoid:


Most offices have a service agreement with a copy supplier; if the caller is not someone from your supplier, just hang up the phone. The only person that would be supplying you with a new manual would be the supplier. Also, mention to the caller that if you want a new manual you will print one online; this usually causes them to hang up the phone. Always be aware when someone is calling and offering something for nothing; remember, if it seems too good to be true, it usually is.

Phone Interview Request Scam

This is an excerpt from the article “Phone Interview Request.” For more information, please visit


How the scam works:

You receive a voicemail from somebody claiming to be a journalist, either from a radio station, newspaper or TV. He says they would like to do an interview with you about a specific subject – it might be business, sports, local events, etc.

He says he came across your info online and thought you would be a good person to interview. Happy to answer his questions, since you might get some free advertising, you call the number provided. The number is actually registered as a premium number, so you will end up waiting on line for several minutes, while your phone bill records an extra $20 a minute.couple_on_phone_shutterstock_12238393
How to avoid:

Any reputable journalist has a voicemail; so if you can’t leave a message right away and have to wait on line, just hang up.

Halloween Fire Safety Tips

This is an excerpt from the article “Halloween Fire Safety Tips.” For more information, please visit
  • pumpkins_shutterstock_39683116When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If you are making your own costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
  • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • lil_fireguy_shutterstock_23258545It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)
  • Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
  • If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.


The following is an excerpt from the article, “Eye Protection in the Workplace.” For more information, please visit

landscaper-with-safety-gogglesBLS reported that more than 50% of workers injured while wearing eye protection thought the eyewear had minimized their injuries. But nearly half the workers also felt that another type of protection could have better prevented or reduced the injuries they suffered.

It is estimated that 90% of eye injuries can be prevented through the use of proper protective eyewear. That is our goal and, by working together, OSHA, employers, workers, and health organizations can make it happen.

Quick Tips For Safety in the Workplace

This is an excerpt from the article “Get Behind National Teen Driver Safety Week.” For more information, please visit
  • paintersKeep all floors dry at all times.
  • Keep the fire safety equipment in working condition.
  • Label doors which lead to sensitive areas clearly.
  • Provide helmets to people entering a construction site.
  • Refrain from keeping sharp objects lying around.
  • Turn off all electrical switches when not in use.
  • Do not use escalators or elevators in case of a fire.
  • Keep emergency numbers close at hand on every desk.
  • Do not permit people to enter sensitive areas without appropriate protection.

Those were some useful workplace safety tips that you might want to incorporate in the next safety meeting that you have at office. Follow them, stay safe and help others to too!
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