Holiday Safety in the Workplace

People celebrating in office, the focus is on glass ball on Christmas tree

It’s the holiday season – a time for decorations and festivities to celebrate the season. While we welcome decorative displays of holiday spirit, it is important to keep safety in mind. Here are some holiday safety guidelines to follow to ensure we all celebrate the season safely.

Holiday Decorations

  • Mixing and matching lights can create a fire hazard; keep outside lights outdoors and inside lights indoors.
  • Discard any light strings that have cracks, exposed wire or loose connections.
  • Do not connect more than three sets of lights to an extension cord.
  • Make sure that cords are not running through a walkway, as it creates a tripping hazard.
  • Do not close doors or windows on extension cords, and do not run them under rugs or carpeting.
  • Make sure all indoor decorations are unplugged at the end of the day. You are responsible for unplugging any decorations that you put up.
  • We do not recommend decorations with an open flame in the workplace, such as candles.
  • Make sure decorations do not block doorways, walkways, exit signs or stairwells.
  • All decorations should be made of flame-retardant or non-combustible materials.
  • Consider those who have allergies to pine, pollen, sap or other outdoor plant life so that their health is not jeopardized.

Food Safety

If you are bringing in food to share with your co-workers, be sure to observe these safety precautions:

  • Keep perishable food refrigerated and do not leave out for more than two hours.
  • Use serving utensils, even for “finger food,” so that multiple people are not touching it.
  • Label your food, especially if it contains peanuts or other ingredients that others may be allergic to.

Most importantly, always use sound judgement and best food handling practices. We want everyone to enjoy the holiday season, but safety is always the top priority.