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  • CWA Local 2204 Safety Committee

    Fire Prevention Safety Month

    Fire Prevention Safety Month is held every October, and commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, and destroyed more than 17,400 buildings.

    Fire Risks on the Job:

    • Electricity
    • Safety recall on equipment
    • Cordless drill chargers
    • Check tags on fire extinguishers
    • Always use a voltage detector to check poles. Down trees can fall on electrical lines, pushing them onto telephone lines, causing them to be energized.
    • Check for voltage on poles, especially after a storm.
    • Check conduit on poles
    • electricity can travel several feet before reaching your pole
    • always do visual inspection

    Fire Risks at Home:

    • Surge protectors and cables still intact
    • No frayed wires
    • Space heater safety
    • Outdoor decor cords
    • Clutter
    • Debris outside homes
    • Outdoor fire safety
    • Smoke detectors (call fire dept. Some will replace for you)

    Below are key components to ensuring your workplace and home are fireproof:

    1. Eliminate Clutter – Exercise good housekeeping. Clutter can easily become a fuel source in the event of a fire, allowing a fire to spread quickly.  Furthermore, clutter can restrict access to emergency equipment and exit routes.
    2. Designate Smoking Areas – Permit smoking only in designated smoking areas and provides means for extinguishing smoking materials safely.
    3. Fire Extinguishers – Maintain the appropriate type and number of fire extinguishers.  Conduct monthly and annual extinguisher inspections to ensure they are in good working condition.  Provide training for employees on the correct use of fire extinguishers.
    4. Chemical Safety – Use and store chemicals safely.  Read hazard warning labels and safety data sheets to determine flammability and other fire hazards.  Ensure your chemical storage areas provide adequate ventilation for the storage of chemicals or other hazardous substances.
    5. Waste Control & Storage – Limit the accumulation of flammable or combustible materials and residues as to prevent the risk of such materials contributing to a fire emergency.
    6. Exits – Ensure emergency exit route diagrams are posted and accessible in all areas of the facility for all employees to easily view.  Additionally, ensure means of egress are well-lit with regulated exit signs and free from debris or clutter.
    7. Contact Information – Employees should have access to a list of emergency contact phone numbers in case of an emergency.  Remember that human nature is to panic in emergency situations; therefore, basics such as the company address, important phone numbers, and building floor plan should be posted on or with the emergency action plan.
    8. Check Safety Recalls – Check your equipment for recalls such as batteries, chargers, other power tools and your vehicle. https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls
    9. Electricity – Keep water and other liquids at least 5 feet away from electrical equipment and sources of electricity. Be aware of power lines before climbing a tree or a ladder, and especially when working at height. A switchboard is an electrical safety device that protects and isolates the operator from electrical current. It controls the flow of electricity by dividing, distributing, and metering electrical power to different parts and devices. To ensure best performance and safety, electrical power entering the switchboard must resemble the amount of power it distributes. Otherwise, it can cause overheating and lead to electrical fire. In case of an emergency, don’t hesitate to call the emergency services who will talk you through how to safely assist in the situation until help arrives.

    For additional safety information on:

    Heat Stroke/Exhaustion - Lyme Disease - Snake Bite Safety- Bites and Stings - Effects of Lead Exposure - WFH Mental Health Tips


    Safety Accident Protocol

    If you have a work accident, or are injured at work, below are steps we recommend you follow. After reading the steps, we recommend you involve your local union rep or safety committee member and your supervisor. 

    1) Check for injuries. If it is an emergency, call 911. Get all parties involved to a safe location.

    2) If you are a technician, make sure you have all of your PPE on. (hardhat, vest, voltage detector, safety glasses, gloves, safety shoes, etc.)

    3) Get a safety committee member or union rep involved.

    4) Feel free to take pictures for yourself, or have your union representative take the pictures for you. DO NOT use the company's equipment to take the pictures or send the pictures you take to the company.

    5) DO NOT do management's job for them. Don't write the company's statement of occurance form for them. 

    6) Tell the truth, but keep your answers short and to the point. Management is trained to ask open ended questions to get you to give lengthy answers. The shorter answer you can give, the better. What you say can possibly lead to discipline. DO NOT sign anything. If you do not recall the situation 100%, it is perfectly fine to say "I do not know" or " I do not recall". 

    7) File a workers comp claim. The company should provide you a workers comp claim number from them. Follow your company's Accident Disability Plan. File a state workers comp claim(this is different than the company's claim).

    This information is brought to you by the CWA Local 2204 Safety Committee.

    For more information, or if you have questions, please contact a Safety Committee member in your area. Here are the members based on area:


    Wayne hill : whill@cwalocal2204.org or (540)471-2900

    Donnie Kinney : dkinney@cwalocal2204.org or (434)851-8846

    New River: 

    Todd Bartlet : tbartlett145@gmail.com or (540)230-4629

    Steve Penn : sapenn1@msn.com or (540)230-2922


    Joshua Childress : jchildress1981@gmail.com or (276)220-6779

    Leaburn Kennedy : lkennedy@cwalocal2204.org or (276)393-3119

    Anthony Lee : anthonyetlee@icloud.com or (276)395-0563 

    Hannah Long : hlong@cwalocal2204.org or (276)608-0864 


    Alicia Reynolds : areynolds@cwalocal2204.org or (540)819-3725

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