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Safety Meeting Minutes
November 2 - 2015
Item Discussed: Being Prepared For Winter Driving
Getting caught in and being unprepared for winter’s harsh driving conditions can be deadly for everyone on the road. Before the snow flies, be sure to do all necessary inspections and tune-ups!
Brakes: They must be faultless and equalized so there in no pulling to one side, which may cause skidding.
Cooling System: If it hasn’t been done in a while, have your cooling system flushed out with a good chemical cleaner and put in fresh anti-freeze. Check containers, belts, hoses the pressure caps and thermostat.
Battery & Electrical System: Cold weather is hard on batteries. If your battery is several years old, have it checked. Be sure connections are clean and tight.
Engine: A diagnostic check –up of the engine can be a good pre-winter investment. If you’re due for a tune-up, have it done before winter sets in. Faulty wiring, worn spark plugs, a sticking choke or emissions control devices that need attention, can all lead to hard starting.
Exhaust System: Check the muffler and tail pipe system for carbon monoxide leaks, which can be especially dangerous during cold weather driving when the windows are closed.
Fuel System: Make sure there is plenty of fuel in your tank at all times. A full tank minimizes condensation, which may cause gas line freezing. Add gasoline antifreeze occasionally.
Heaters, Defrosters & Wipers: Have them checked to make sure they are operational. Install winter wiper blades and use cold weather washer fluid. Ensure your windshield can give you clear vision of the road and traffic around you.
Oil & Filter: Dirty oil can give you trouble in the winter, so change the oil and filter. Check the other filters, including fuel, air and transmission filters.
Tires: Snow tires increase traction in soft snow. Install them on all wheels. All-season tires on all wheels with good treads are adequate in some regions. Check your tire pressure regularly – for every 5◦ C of temperature drop, tire pressure goes down by one pound.
Winter Equipment: The following items should cover most situations – windshield scraper and snow brush; lightweight shovel; bag of sand, wire traction mat or other abrasive substance; large box of facial tissues; properly inflated spare tire; wheel wrench and jack; first aid kit; flashlight; flares; battery jumper cables.
For long distance travel take extra precautions: bring a blanket, candles, lighter or matches, emergency rations, lined winter boots, hat and other warm clothes and small heating cans.
Drive Defensively: Winter driving demands extra caution at all times. Always be ready for the unsafe actions or other drivers and for poor driving conditions. Clear the snow and ice from your vehicle, allow more travel time, leave a greater following distance and know how to deal with icy conditions.
Use a block heater in winter when the temperature drops to -20◦C (-4F) or below. A block heater keeps your engine oil and coolant warm, which makes the vehicle easier to start and can increase winter fuel economy by as much as 10%. Use a timer to switch on the block heater one or two hours before you plan to drive.
DRIVE SAFE THIS WINTER
Employee Concerns/ Suggestions:
Corrective Actions to be Taken
Next meeting will be December 7 – 2015