My office has a weekly safety huddle, where everyone in my little area has to gather at 10 am Wednesday mornings, and we have to discuss a safety topic for about 15 minutes. This is relatively new, only going on for about 4 months now, but as the weeks go by they're already running out of safety topics, and it's killing me.
One guy was talking about pigeon feces today. His neighborhood has a large pigeon population, and so he discussed the disease hazard aspect of it for maybe 1 minute... and then for another 14 minutes he complained about how it's hard to clean, how his neighbor doesn't see it as a problem, and how the city refuses to help, etc. It was the low point of my day. These meetings are fast becoming my pet peeve of working here, and they are non-optional. Time to do something about it.
So I am looking for interesting, unconventional safety topics, both for my own amusement to think about while i'm sitting through bad ones, and useful ones I can put forth too. I am asking for whatever unconventional safety tips, facts and advice the mefites have to offer. Whatever you have, it can be from the Zombie Survival Guide, zipper-related safety, extreme survival, hazards posed by animals (bears, rabid dogs, insects, etc.)... anything goes. Anectdotes and links most welcome.
*unconventional meaning getting away from the bike/motorcycle helmet safety, ladders, general home chemicals safety, taking care while driving in bad weather, etc... the ones that always seem to be brought up
To kick it off, here's one:
It is not recommended to boil water in the microwave because there is a risk of superheating the water (it gets hotter than its boiling temperature, but does not boil). A sudden movement can trigger boiling, causing the liquid to unexpectedly erupt from its container, which can cause severe burns if it spills on someone. This superheating has a greater likelihood with distilled water and new ceramic containers - no impurities or rough surfaces to create a nucleation point, where bubbles can form.
Oh yeah, and this lab safety askme
is one I already know about that had a few good suggestions.