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December 2021 – Safety Blog

Worldwide Food Service Safety Month | Family & Holiday Safety | Holiday Food Safety | Holiday Safe Driving Tips | Holiday Electrical & Fire Safety

Hello everyone, and welcome back to DWD WC Division's - Safety Corner, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Division of Worker's Compensation (DWD/WC) safety blog! I'm using this forum to share some of the current, pertinent safety news and information that I receive from my network of workplace safety professionals and pass along to employers and organizations across Wisconsin.

December is Worldwide Food Service Safety Month. The goals of the month are to focus on keeping food safe as it is prepared in the service industry, as well as remind us to be safe and cook properly when we are making our own food at home. For food safety basics and tips for keeping your food safe, see these resources:

As we move into the busy holiday season, check out the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) holiday safety offerings to have a safe and healthy holiday season.

Our safety partners at the National Safety Council (NSC) have the following community/family safety offerings as we approach the busy and festive holiday season. Topics of seasonal interest include:

Home electrical systems during the holidays are often taxed to their maximum. Several online resources highlight ways to avoid common electrical hazards and prevent electrical shocks and fires:

A warm, cozy fireplace is a great place to gather with family and friends and enjoy the illuminated, decorated tree and holiday decorations during the holidays. Don't let your holiday scene chase you from your home due to fire. Learn more:

Wood-burning fireplace and stove ash can remain fire-capable and active for days, and up to a week in some cases, contributing to fires due to improper storage and disposal. Never use combustible paper or cardboard containers, boxes, or bags to store ashes in the garage or on the porch, lean to, etc. prior to final disposal.

Always dispose of wood burning appliance ash in a purpose-built UL/FM-approved double bottomed steel ash bucket/container with tight-fitting lid. Always store outside clear of buildings, structures, and combustibles until they can be safely disposed of. Learn more:

Finally, as we move beyond Thanksgiving, don't let your kitchen, home fire safety guard down. Deep-fried holiday turkey remains popular throughout December holiday gatherings. Fire safety professionals remind us to never deep-fry turkeys within structures such as garages, on combustible decks, porches, etc. The NFPA strongly discourages the use of turkey fryers, period! For more safety tips and reminders safe cooking, visit:

As a look ahead, a reminder that we will be moving into the post-holiday season and into the heart of the frigid days of our Wisconsin winter months. More to follow as we enter the new year and Wisconsin's winter months.

Have a Safe Day, Always!!

Dave Leix, CSP, Safety & Risk Manager - Bio: Dave Leix - CSP, Safety & Risk Manager

Contact Information:

  • Mike Anamendolla

    Dave brings over 40 years of professional safety and health (EHS) consulting and managerial experience to his role as Safety & Risk Manager for DWD's Worker's Compensation Division. He presents at a variety of association/industry trade group safety and risk management training events. Full bio for Dave Leix.


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