Divisions
Guidance for Telecommuting from Home
March 27th, 2020

Tips for Setting Up Your Home Computer Workstation

  1. View the Tips for Setting Up Your Home Computer poster at https://www.safety.duke.edu/files/Home-Setup.pdf
  2. Review the Office Ergonomics for Telecommuters training course at https://sms.duhs.duke.edu/onlinetraining/ER100/
  3. Refer to this guidance for laptop use https://www.safety.duke.edu/sites/default/files/LaptopUse.pdf
  4. Refer to this site for office product recommendations https://www.safety.duke.edu/ergonomics/computer-ergonomics/computer-offi...
  5. Remember to stretch, stand, and move as much as possible to prevent discomfort. Stretches and additional information is available at https://www.safety.duke.edu/ergonomics/stretches-and-exercises.

Fire Safety Tips for the Home

EXITS
Doors, aisles, corridors, or passageways leading directly to an exit should be kept clear of all obstructions and at all times to include chairs, tables, equipment, or similar impediments. Areas directly outside of an exit should be kept clear of all encumbrances along the entire path leading away from the home.

CANDLES
Candle flames should be contained in a manner that prevents the flame from spreading to combustible materials. Burning candles should not be left unattended and should be extinguished before leaving the home or retiring for the night.

HEAT PRODUCING APPLIANCES/UNATTENDED COOKING
Heat producing appliances such as stoves, ovens, microwave ovens, toasters, coffee makers, etc. should never be left unattended while in use.

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
It is recommended to have at least one A-B-C fire extinguisher in the home. This type of fire extinguisher is used for combating ordinary combustible as well as flammable liquid and electrical fires. If possible, consider having one fire extinguisher per floor and one in the garage.

ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT
All electrical equipment used (lights, wires, plugs, connections, sockets, etc.) must be certified by an OSHA Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (such as UL) to meet US standards and in good condition. The use of improvised wiring is dangerous and should not be used. Numerous electrical devices plugged into one outlet through an outlet cube or extension cord may cause a circuit overload or may cause overheating of the electrical devices, resulting in a fire. Use of an approved power strip with a built-in circuit breaker and a surge protector is recommended. Daisy-chaining (plugging two or more extension cords or power strips to one another) extension cords and power strips is a dangerous practice that may cause an electrical fire. Extension cords shall have ground-fault interrupter (GFCI) protection integrated into the design. The use of adapters that eliminate the equipment ground is dangerous and prohibited. Extension cords and equipment cords shall be placed in such a manner as to minimize the risk of tripping over the cord.

Search