Never forget to play it safe

Once upon a time, an individual was doing some remodelling in his home. He had finished stripping the wallpaper and was getting ready to change a light fixture.
Since he was the only one home at the time, he left the light switch in the off position.
But before disconnecting the old light, he thought to himself, “This is not a correct lockout. I would never allow this at work!” He decided to turn off the correct switch in the breaker panel.
While hooking up the light, his son came home from school. As he walked into the bathroom to see what his father was doing, he automatically flipped on the light switch.
Fortunately, the father had taken the time to shut off the power at the panel. Failure to do so could have been fatal!
All of us need to continuously remind ourselves that it only takes a few extra minutes to do the job in a safe manner. We can save ourselves from the pain—and potentially a fatal injury—by following the correct procedures.
It also sets a good example for children.
No job is so urgent that you can’t take the time to do it safely!
Remember, if you never need what you learn about personal safety, you have lost nothing. But if you never learn what you need, you may lose everything . . . your family and your life!
Safety—it starts with you!
Tyler J. Moffitt is a first aid instructor, and served 15 years as a volunteer firefighter and emergency responder. Fire and Life Safety was developed in the interest of public safety.

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