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Workplace Safety Tips for TeleworkingSince teleworking has become a way of life for many people, the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources has published these tips for keeping a safe remote working environment.

Keep a clear path
Keep your home work space neat, clean, and free of obstructions with a clear path to an exit in case of emergency.
Check your floor
Check your floors and walkways and clear away any trip hazards such as torn carpeting, broken tiles, or other potential causes of instability.
Protect your devices
Plug your electronic devices into a surge protector to ensure that valuable electronic equipment is safe from damage caused by any power surges.
Plug it in right
Surge protectors should be plugged directly into a wall outlet, and not an extension cord or another surge protector.
Check for damaged cords
Inspect all electrical cords for any signs of fray or damage. If you see any, be sure to replace them immediately as they can become a fire hazard.
Organize your cables
All phone lines, cables, electrical cords, and other trip hazards should be organized and placed away from foot traffic.
Keep it ergonomically friendly
When setting up your home work station, make sure your mouse, keyboard, and monitor are positioned in an ergonomically-friendly way. Monitors should be positioned in a way that avoids neck strain. Office chairs should provide proper support and promote good posture.
Maintain proper posture
Your chair allows you to sit with the proper posture. This helps reduce back pain or other physical discomforts. Maintaining proper posture throughout the day will help alleviate any discomfort.
Lighting is important
Make certain that you have sufficient lighting for reading and working. Don’t strain your eyes!
Check the furniture
Do a quick safety check of your furniture. Make sure it’s stable and free of any defects that could compromise your safety.
Inspect electrical outlets
Look over your electrical outlets, and make sure the cover plates are in good condition. They should not be cracked, broken, or missing.
Smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher are a must
Your home should have a working smoke detector and fire extinguisher. It’s even more important to have these when adding extra electronics to your home for telework purposes.
Plan for a safe exit in the case of an emergency
You should always have an exit plan for your home or telework space in the event of an emergency, such as a fire or natural disaster. Make sure exits are clear of debris, and identify multiple exit points.
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