Plan ahead. Know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. Download the latest GPS data or obtain a new map. Check for construction detours, and consult the weatherman.
Let a trusted person know where you are and leave them an itinerary and your contact info.
Never inform strangers of your travel plans.
Create the illusion that somebody’s always home (see Home Safety Tips for more security tips and ideas)
If you’re driving, keep these holiday safety tips in mind:
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or distractions.
- Buckle up—yourself and your family; use the car-seat for small children.
- If possible, travel by day. Quite simply, it’s safer. If you’re worried about traffic congestion, get a very early start or avoid the hours when most folks drive to and from work.
- Keep a breakdown kit (spare tires, jumper cables, fuses, flares, flashlights, blankets, etc.).
If you’re flying or using public transportation…
- Travel with a buddy (or a few); there is safety in numbers.
- Always travel with a trusted source. The airline or bus or train company (as well as any middleman company being used) should be familiar and trusted.
Don’t carry too much cash or valuables on your person; don’t look like an expensive target.
Watch out for your kids. Kids get excited, especially concerning a new place, new people, or new experiences. Many locations are not as childproof as your own home.
- If you’re travelling or you’re a guest, you’ll have to be alert for potentially dangerous food, drinks, household items, toys, tools, choking hazards, etc.
- Don’t wait to clean up after a party. Kids or pets could get to hazardous alcohol, food, or decorations before you do.
- Poinsettias are poisonous to man and beast; keep them far from children and pets.
Be alert for fire hazards. Most residential fires occur during winter, and it’s easier to get careless when you’re caught up in good company.
- Never leave sources of fire or heat unattended.
- Never use charcoal- or gasoline-fuelled devices indoors.
Step aside for professionals and experts.
- Leave the fireworks to the professionals.
- Leave the grilling to the veteran barbeque-ers of the family.
If you’re decorating,
- Assemble, clean, and inspect the location and all of your tools and equipment first.
- Never block exits.
- Never use damaged accessories, cords, lighting sources, etc.
- Never overload on electrical outlets or cables.
- Ensure your holiday lights aren’t damaged (frayed, aged, cracked, etc.)
- All outdoor electrics should be plugged into GFI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets for extra protection.
- Always opt for non-flammable material (whether for Christmas trees, Halloween or Carnival costumers, Easter decorations, etc.)
- Never leave fire or heat sources unattended.
Although we are not advocating using anything other than reusable water bottles, if you happen to be in a bind and purchase a pre-filled water bottle just place it in your recycle bin. MOST pre-filled water bottles are PET (#1 Plastic) and are recyclable.
1. Recycling paper uses half the amount of water to make recycled paper than it does to make virgin paper.
2. Recycling paper helps reduce the amount of landfill space needed.
3. Recycling paper decreases the amount of toxic gases emitted by landfills.
4. You can recycle paper up to 4 times and save 4 times the amount of trees needed to make virgin paper.
5. Trees are necessary to keep life thriving by helping to remove CO2 from the air thus reducing our carbon footprint.
Production of virgin and recycled paper requires a lot of water.
When paper is being made it is treated to make it into usable. Virgin paper made from trees and not recycled paper requires 24,000 gallons of water per ton. Recycled paper made from old paper requires 12,000 gallons of water per ton, requiring half the amount of water as well as reusing materials that would otherwise be dumped into a landfill.
Curbside DataControl, a confidential document destruction company in Aurora, CO, will be hosting a FREE SHRED MONTH for the residence of Aurora the entire month of October. Curbside will accept any amount of material that is dropped off completely free. No appointments necessary and drop off hours are between 8 am to 4pm Monday through Friday and Saturday from 8 to 12. All documents are shred in a secure environment and you may receive a Certificate of Destruction, showing your documents have been destroyed. Please bring some sort of verification (I.D., bill, ect.) showing your address in Aurora. For any questions please call us at 303.343.7096
10 great ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle at your office
Here are 10 great ideas to spark some environmental awareness around the office and keep some material out of the landfill
- Encourage biking and walking by providing bike racks and changing rooms or showers.
- Provide reserved parking spaces for carpoolers.
- Make worm bins available for inside composting; properly managed they are odor free and convenient. See our worms Web site.
- Encourage employees to bring lunch to work in reusable containers.
- Encourage employees to keep reusable cups, plates, and silverware at their desks.
- Collect paper that has been used on one side and reuse as draft paper in fax machines, for scratch pads and copies (in copiers with multiple trays, one tray can be stocked with draft paper).
- Reuse file folders.
- Provide clearly labeled recycling bins near copiers, shipping and receiving areas, and in employee eating areas to collect
- white paper,
- mixed paper,
- plastic, etc
9. Keep staff and management informed about the results of their efforts to reduce waste.
10. Post informational signs near recycling and composting and recycling bins to let people know what you are doing and why.