How much do you pay attention to safety while on a job? Find out how other professionals add safety precautions and procedures into their business.

Planning is an essential part of any decorating job, but is safety always included in your plans? What about everyday safety in your place of business? As a professional balloon decorator, you might not consider this the most fun part of the job, but it should always be top of mind.

Tope Abulude, CBA, of Balloon Inspirations, Grays, United Kingdom

The health and safety of my employees is very important to me. It is just plain sensible to provide my staff with suitable equipment to install our work rather than expecting them to balance on unstable chairs or tables.

I am aware sometimes decorators like to insist a decor item be in a particular place, but for health and safety reasons it’s best to ensure escape routes are not made narrower by a decor piece.

Recently lighting has become a big part of our decor. I think it’s important to use only lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory, which indicates conformance with safety standards. I recommend only using lights that have fused plugs indoors or outdoors.

QBN Members: Find out how other balloon professionals plan for safety in this Balloon Images Jul/Aug/Sep 2015 article .