Topics: Loss Control
Planning to celebrate America’s Independence with your coworkers this Fourth of July? While many companies are closed on the actual day – it’s a federal holiday – many employers still have a get-together the first week of July for their employees.
Holiday parties are a great way to connect with coworkers, but take steps to help make sure you are being safe while enjoying. Here’s a few safety tips to keep in mind brought to you by AmTrust’s loss control team:
Fireworks: AmTrust recommends that everyone stay away from consumer fireworks and enjoy what is sure to be a better show at a public display done by professionals. In fact, 250 people seek emergency room treatment every day from fireworks-related injuries in the Independence Day season. Show your community support and help insulate your company from potential property damage, general liability and possible workers’ compensation injuries by attending a public event in your city.
Heat: Having an outdoor picnic is a fun way to celebrate the Fourth of July with coworkers. But be mindful of the summer heat and watch out for signs of heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps. Shade, plenty of water and cool towels can help prevent these issues, but pay attention to the weather and consider moving the party indoors if temperatures are rising to an extreme. Sun block is also a must for outdoor parties.
Food contamination: Potlucks are a staple for summer get-togethers, but for a company party you are better off hiring a professional service to reduce the risk of food borne illness.
Grilling: If you choose to use a grill to serve hot dogs or hamburgers, we still recommend hiring a professional. But if you choose to do it yourself, make sure to always supervise the grill while in use. Check gas grills for any leaks. Keep children away from grills at all times. Ensure grills are never used indoors or in a garage, and at least two feet away from siding, decks and other flammable materials.
Alcohol: Alcoholic beverages should be limited at company parties. Consider hiring professional bartenders instead of letting employees serve themselves. Other methods such as drink tickets help control consumption.
Insects: Mosquitoes, bees, ants and other insects can all be uninvited guests at a summer party. Special candles and bug spray can help keep some of these bugs at bay. Be on the lookout for bees and other bugs whose stings can cause allergic reactions.
Driving: Finally, make sure you encourage employees to use safe driving practices. Remind employees to buckle up, follow speed limits and put their phones away while driving. If alcohol is served, employers should arrange for transportation home.
Check out our risk free holiday party infographic.