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Putting Up and Taking Down Holiday Decorations Safely

Each year there are thousands of injuries involving putting up and taking down holiday decor. You can reduce the risk to your members, guests and volunteers as you put Lodge decor away this season (keep this post in mind as you decorate for other holidays, too) by following these holiday decor safety tips:

Live and Artificial Trees

  • Purchase a fresh tree to minimize the fire hazard and maximize long life.
  • Cut off the bottom 2 inches of the trunk base for better water absorption.
  • Water a live tree daily by filling up the tree stand basin.
  • Install all trees at least 3 feet from all heat sources.
  • Make sure the tree does not block doors or walkways.
  • Ensure artificial trees are labeled as fire resistant.
  • Take trees down before they […]
January 8th, 2020|

Top 10 Volunteer Safety Tips

Around the Lodge this time of year, you may get inquiries from new volunteers looking to give back. One way to celebrate these new volunteers’ resolutions to give back is by making your own resolution to help keep them safe around the Lodge. Here are the top 10 volunteer safety tips of the year:

1. Plan for Inclement Weather

Sleet and snow can make travel risky for volunteers and guests and an unexpected storm may mean you need to postpone or cancel an event on short notice. Plan how to deal with potential risks and ensure volunteers know what to do if there is inclement weather the day of the event.

2. Share a List of Emergency Contacts

If there’s an emergency during an event, your volunteers will need to know how to […]

December 9th, 2019|

Tools and Tips for Better Kitchen Safety

The much-loved Lodge kitchen could pose many hidden risks if your Lodge lacks the proper tools. Unsafe kitchens are more likely to result in serious injuries, which can result in costly claims and litigation.

These risks can be greatly reduced by supplying your Lodge’s kitchen with the right equipment, much of which is affordable and readily available.

Here is a list of tools and tips that can help your Lodge establish better kitchen safety:

1. Fire extinguishers

Make sure your Lodge has at least one Class K fire extinguisher to handle cooktop fires. Unlike common ABC Class extinguishers, these can disperse a wet agent that quickly cools hot metal surfaces and turns burning oil and grease into harmless soap in a process called saponification. It’s easy to clean up and doesn’t contaminate other […]

November 25th, 2019|

Safety Procedure Tips for New Volunteers

Last year, more than 77 million people across the country volunteered in their community, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service. Some of them may have been the very volunteers assisting your members and guests at your Lodge events.

Lodge volunteers play an important role, and it is the Lodge’s responsibility to ensure their safety, especially when they’re new to volunteering. This not only helps reduce the risk to volunteers and others at your location, it also helps ensure that volunteers get the most out their volunteer experience and keep coming back.

Follow these safety training tips for new volunteers:

Document Your Safety Procedures

The best safety plan is the one that is committed to writing. Documentation ensures that all necessary procedures have been accounted for, and that each volunteer […]

November 25th, 2019|

Does your Lodge Follow These Ladder Safety Tips?

Whether your members are in the midst of spring cleaning, hanging pictures or inspecting the Lodge’s roof, ladder safety is important to acknowledge.

According to the American Ladder Institute (ALI), more than 100 people die every year in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries. Help ensure your members’ safety by sharing these ladder safety tips:

Basic Ladder Safety Tips

Before stepping onto a ladder, read the safety information labels and ensure it is in good condition. Never use ladders if they are missing parts or sway. Also inspect the Duty Rating of the ladder. It must be greater than the total weight of the climber, tools, supplies and other objects placed upon the ladder.

Once the ladder has been properly inspected:

  • Check the weather. Do not use ladders in high winds or […]
May 2nd, 2019|

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

With the holiday season fully upon us, many Lodges are ready to decorate. During this joyous season, it is important to consider holiday decorating safety. Whether your Lodge decorates a small Charlie Brown tree or goes full Chevy Chase, keep your Lodge’s property and members safe with these tips:

Indoor Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

  • If your Lodge purchases a live tree, check for freshness as a fresh tree will stay green longer and be less of a fire hazard. Because heated rooms dry live trees, fill the tree stand with water each day.
  • If your Lodge has an artificial tree, ensure it has a fire resistant label. If not, consider purchasing one that does.
  • Artificial or real, be sure to place your tree at least 3 feet away from all […]
December 5th, 2018|

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Lodges

Spring is slowly but surely on its way. Do you have your spring cleaning scheduled? It is important to take the time to decrease the risks your Lodge may face this spring.

Explore these helpful tips to get ready:

Make a plan

All Lodges should have seasonal emergency plans with details about how to respond in the event of an emergency. Develop a communication plan with members of your Lodge. Maintain a list of contractors to call should an emergency occur. Restock your first-aid kit.

Check your roof

Most people only think to have their roof looked at after a hail storm or a leak. However, it is vital to check your roof before and after winter, as any snow or ice buildup can be hard on your roof.

Clean, clean, clean

Pressure-wash your sidewalks to […]

March 21st, 2018|