Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Each year, seasonal influenza makes it’s way around the country. Flu season can begin as early as October and last through May. It typically peaks in February or March. True influenza or “the flu” causes high fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, and a cough. Even for a healthy person, the flu can keep an employee out of work for a week (or more if a secondary infection like bronchitis or pneumonia develops). For the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, and young children, the flu can be fatal. Here are a few quick tips to protect yourself and employees from influenza:

  • Get the flu shot. Even in seasons where the flu shot isn’t as effective, it still prevents illness in at least 30-40% of cases and can reduce the severity of illness if you do still end up with the flu.
  • Practice good hand hygiene. The single best way to prevent any illness, is to wash your hands with soap in warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when sick and encourage others to do the same.

Preventing Slips and Falls on Ice During Winter

Most of America is now in the depths of winter. As part of our winter safety series, today we will list a few quick tips on avoiding slips and falls on ice.

  1. When working outside in snowy or icy conditions, insulated boots with rubber treads can be very helpful to provide traction.
  2. Walk slowly over icy patches
  3. If it is extremely snowy out, wear high visibility clothing so passing cars and trucks can see you and avoid walking in the street.
  4. Ice can hide under a light dusting of snow, so use caution when walking in snow.