Monthly Archives: April 2014

  • Tomorrow is May Day

    May Day means many things to many people and cultures, but to us, we think of "MayDay".

    Like SOS (S.O.S. / Save Our Souls) Mayday has an interesting history as a word.

    Mayday! What does it mean? Now a universal cry for help, it was originally a aeronautical term…Mayday etymology on May Day – Mayday is an emergency procedure word used internationally as a distress signal. It derives from the French venez m’aider, meaning “come help me.”

    “May Day” Is Airplane SOS ENGLISH aviators who use radio telephone transmitting sets on their planes, instead of telegraph sets, have been puzzling over the problem of choosing a distress call for transmission by voice. The letters SOS wouldn’t do, and just plain “help!” was not liked, and so “May Day” was chosen. This was thought particularly fitting since it sounds very much like the French m’aidez, which means “help me.” ["The Wireless Age," June 1923]

    Mayday “distress call,” 1923, apparently an “Englished” spelling of French m’aider, shortening of venez m’aider “come help me!” But possibly a random coinage with coincidental resemblance - "Mayday" is also our leading brand of Disaster Survival Gear:

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    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
    Of course, you should Check your Emergency Supplies, too:

    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Keep cash on hand
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!

     

  • West Nile Virus

    Worried about WNV (West Nile Virus)?

    It's a serous concern, but there's a lot you can do to safeguard yourself and your loved ones.

    According to the CDC, West Nile virus (WNV) is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. You can reduce your risk of being infected with WNV by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.

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    Prevention & Control

    The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites. Be aware of the West Nile virus activity in your area and take action to protect yourself and your family.

    Avoid Mosquito Bites

    • Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. To optimize safety and effectiveness, repellents should be used according to the label instructions.
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    • When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors.Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.
    • Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.

    Mosquito-Proof Your Home

    • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. Use your air conditioning, if you have it.
    • Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.

    Help Your Community West Nile Virus Surveillance and Control Programs

    • Support your local community mosquito control programs. Mosquito control activities are most often handled at the local level, such as through county or city government. The type of mosquito control methods used by a program depends on the time of year, the type of mosquitoes to be controlled, and the habitat structure. Methods can include elimination of mosquito larval habitats, application of insecticides to kill mosquito larvae, or spraying insecticides from trucks or aircraft to kill adult mosquitoes. Your local mosquito control program can provide information about the type of products being used in your area. Check with your local health department for more information. Contact information may be found in the blue (government) pages of the phone book.
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    Resources for vector control professionals are located here.

    • Report dead birds to local authorities. Dead birds may be a sign that West Nile virus is circulating between birds and the mosquitoes in an area. By reporting dead birds to state and local health departments, you can play an important role in monitoring West Nile virus. State and local agencies have different policies for collecting and testing birds, so check with your state health department to find information about reporting dead birds in your area.

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  • Home Flood Repairs

    As part of getting ready for America's PrepareAthon, we've talked about what to do to prepare for and survive a Flood... what about after?

    Floods 1.1.1.0 Tab 2 of 4_1Repairing your home after a flood can be a stressful endeavor.  That’s why FEMA and the American Red Cross developed a comprehensive book to help get you started on the road to recovery. “Repairing Your Flooded Home” gives step-by-step advice to make the process less overwhelming.

    Your home and its contents may look beyond repair, but many of your belongings can be restored. If you do things correctly, your flooded home can be cleaned up, dried out, rebuilt and reoccupied sooner than you think.

    FloodCopies of this book are also available at your local Red Cross or by sending a written request to FEMA at:

    PO Box 2012 Jessup, MD 20794-2012

    America’s PrepareAthon! will also put the focus on floods with the first national day of action on April 30. You can learn various ways to take action before a flood impacts you. Plus, you can take advantage of free resources available on the America’s PrepareAthon! website including How to Prepare for a Flood. Be sure to keep your eye out for more information regarding the website early next week! This document explains how to protect yourself and your property, and details the steps to take now so that you can act quickly when you, your home, or your business is in danger.

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  • Take Part in America’s PrepareAthon! Lead the Transformation

    America's PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises. America’s PrepareAthon! National Day of Action is April 30. Join the almost five million, who have already registered to take actions and prepare for tornadoes, wildfires, floods and hurricanes.

    First-Aid-Mart-Best-First-AidWhat can you do to be part of this day? You can create or join an event that transforms your organization from preparedness planners to action takers! Once you have registered for America’s PrepareAthon!, check out the events calendar which allows you to:

    • Add your own event for others to see; and
    • Find an event in your area in which to participate.

    Get started today and do something to take part on April 30! Plan your own local community or organizational preparedness event to learn the actions to take for disaster preparedness and practice them. The America’s PrepareAthon! website offers posters, web badges, and digital invitations to customize your event. If you want to share with others what you are doing to be prepared, participate in discussion forums online with like-minded community members.

    For more information and ideas, check out the America's PrepareAthon! frequently asked questions, talking points and other resources.

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  • Standing on Shaky Ground

    With a series of tremors and aftershocks recently hitting Southern California, earthquake preparedness may be fresh on the minds of California residents. According to reports, the Los Angeles area hasn’t experienced an earthquake in excess of 5 magnitude since 1997, and it’s been 20 years since a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck Northridge, CA where 57 people lost their lives. Earthquakes can strike anywhere at any time. That’s why preparedness is vital.

    earthquake_disaster_topic_animationThroughout the year individual states provide opportunities to do statewide drills. One upcoming opportunity is the Great Utah Shakeout scheduled for April 17. You can join over 750,000 people planning to participate in the Drop, Cover and Hold On earthquake drill. This is part of the national Great ShakeOut initiative which provides a focused time every October for millions worldwide to practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On during Great ShakeOut earthquake drills.  The Great ShakeOut is also a national supporter of America’s PrepareAthon! and will be featured as one of the campaign’s fall hazard activities later this year!

    Looking for additional steps you can take before, during and after an earthquake to protect your family and property? Visit www.ready.gov/earthquakes. Some of these steps have also been outlined below.

    Before an Earthquake:

    • Fasten shelves and bookcases securely to a wall;
    • Stock up on Emergency Supplies
    • Brace top heavy objects; and
    • Hold earthquake drills with your family:  Drop, Cover and Hold On.

    During an Earthquake:

    • Drop to the ground; Take Cover; Hold On;
    • Minimize your movements to a few steps; and
    • Stay inside until the shaking stops.

    After an Earthquake:

    • When the shaking stops, look around to be sure it’s safe to move;
    • Look for and extinguish small fires which are a common hazard;
    • Go to a designated shelter. Text SHELTER + your ZIP CODE to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter.

    Take your earthquake preparedness to the next level with Beat the Quake, an interactive game from the Earthquake Country Alliance. It’s fun for the entire family!

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    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
    Of course, you should Check your Emergency Supplies, too:

    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Keep cash on hand
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!
  • 5 Ways to Make Your Manufacturing Plant Safer

    In a manufacturing setting, safety should always be your top concern — ahead of productivity and efficiency. Your workers should be able to do their jobs knowing how to avoid injury or property damage, and they should be confident that their employer has taken every possible precaution to help them.

    From worker education to a clear evacuation plan, here are five ways you can make sure you are operating a safe manufacturing plant.

    1. Make a Safety Checklist Easily Accessible

    In many ways, plant safety falls to the employees, as they are the ones in regular contact with plant equipment. For that reason, worker education is crucial to plant safety. Whatever precautions you have in place for safe equipment and procedures, they don’t amount to much if workers are unaware of them.

    It’s your job make safety instructions easy to understand and accessible, and a safety checklist is an excellent start. Your list should cover personal safety as well as the safety of the plant (e.g., understanding safe work conditions, how to spot red flags, when to perform equipment maintenance).

    Post the list in preparation areas and break rooms. In addition to using the checklist as a general guide, make it enforceable. Follow up with each employee to make sure they are complying. Have your workers frequently inspect the plant using the list to ensure that they are familiar with it and that the plant actually is safe. In addition to safety, you can reference the checklist as a defense in the event of a work-related injury or lawsuit.

    2. Provide Emergency Attire

    In manufacturing, protective clothing is crucial for simple day-to-day activities — think helmets and protective eyewear. In an emergency, the need for protective attire can change dramatically and without much warning. And it can even affect employees who don’t typically work in hazardous conditions.

    Be sure your plant is equipped with such emergency attire as smocks or hazmat suits capable of protecting against chemical spills and burns. Facemasks and eyewear should be available throughout your facility in the event of noxious gas or fire. And make sure the employees assigned to overseeing an evacuation have brightly colored vests so that workers can easily find them.

    3. Frequently Inspect Your Equipment

    It is vital to general plant operations and worker safety that you have a strict equipment inspection schedule. Regular equipment inspections should be done at least every six months. You should also inspect any piece of equipment that has been moved, is being used in a new setting or is being used for a new purpose.

    Each worker should understand when inspections take place, and they should know how to do a brief inspection before every use — regardless of inspection schedules.

    4. Know How to Spot Safety Hazards

    Addressing hazards is just one part of a safe work environment. First, you must know how to spot them, and this takes training. It is important for you and your employees alike.

    You should be familiar with what types of safety hazards are common in your specific plant. That way, you can do regular walk-throughs of your facility and more easily spot the red flags that can result in accident or injury. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration website is an excellent resource for looking at different types of workplaces so that you can better identify unique risks.

    5. Have a Clear Emergency Exit Plan

    Even with all precautions taken, emergencies can happen. You must have a clear evacuation plan in place — and everyone in your plant should be familiar with it.

    Your emergency exits should be easy to find, and each employee should know exactly where to go in the event of an emergency. It does no good to have all employees crowding the same emergency exit, so be sure employees have multiple points of egress. It helps to have an “assignment” plan so that everyone is routed a specific way. An outdoor meeting point should be clearly defined. If most employees are gathering in the north parking lot while a few have exited to the south, the scramble to locate employees who are unaccounted for can add to the chaos.

    In the event of an emergency, you need to know who is working that day and how many people might still be in the building. A plant safety supervisor, or an assigned employee, should have easy access to a roster of employees who are in the plant on any given day so that they can take an accurate count of who is coming and going during an evacuation.

    For any type of safety concern within your plant, consult with the U.S. Department of Labor or OSHA.

    Author Bio:
    Tom Bonine is president of National Metal Fabricators. The Chicago area firm, established in 1944, offers custom fabrication, angle rings, welding, and bar milling services.

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  • REMINDER: America’s PrepareAthon! Google+ Hangout and Website LIVE #PrepareAthon

    America’s PrepareAthon!, a new, grassroots campaign for action intended to build a more prepared and resilient nation:

    Watch and participate in PrepareAthon Google+ Hangout: https://plus.google.com/events/cjvrlhffsfjj93mniritl76bm00

    PrepareAthon YouTube Page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nMXu2GriQ0

    America’s PrepareAthon! Website is live and has many resources to help you or your organization participate in the national campaign. Go to America’s PrepareAthon! Website: http://www.ready.gov/preparePrepper

    Learn more at the White House Blog: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/04/america-s-prepareathon

    Ask questions via Twitter using:  #PrepareAthon.

    Please visit: http://www.ready.gov/prepare

    On the website, you will be able to:

    ·         Learn more about the America’s PrepareAthon! campaign

    ·         Register your participation

    ·         Get Resources that will help you in taking action

    America's PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises.  The first National Day of Action is scheduled for April 30, 2014 and will revolve around taking the actions to prepare for these four specific hazards: Tornadoes, Wildfires, Floods, and Hurricanes.

    The website contains resources on how to prepare for these specific hazards, including resources for both individuals and organizations.  These “How to Prepare” guides provide the basics for each hazard, explains how to protect yourself and your property, and details the steps to take now so that you can act quickly when you, your home, or your business is in danger.  Other resources on the website include promotional materials and maps that will help you determine what hazards you and your community can prepare for.  First-Aid-Mart-Best-First-Aid

  • Head and Neck Injuries in Youth Sports

    Youth Activities and Physical Participation are a healthy part of growing up - but the bring safety risks as well -

    During National Youth Sports Safety Month, we'd like you to consider how to prepare for safe Sports Activities and be well equipped for Sports First Aid.

    Coach, Team & Sports First Aid Supplies are critical to Youth Sports Safety Coach, Team & Sports First Aid Supplies are critical to Youth Sports Safety

    Each year, hospital emergency rooms, nationwide, treat an estimated 173,285 sports and recreation-related TBIs, including concussions, among children, birth-19. The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation (NYSSF) has proclaimed April as National Youth Sports Safety Month.  Formed in 1989, NYSSF prides itself on educating parents, coaches, athletes and health care professionals on injury prevention in youth athletes.

    More than 60 national medical and sports organizations support National Youth Sports Safety Month. They include the American College of Sports Medicine, The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and The United States Olympic Committee.

    The NYSSF and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have teamed up to protect youth athletes in sports were concussions are a concern. This program is called “Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports”. The campaign focuses on the facts, the symptoms, responding to a concussion and returning to the game after a concussion. Heads Up is aimed at reducing the 3.8 million sports-related concussions that occur annually in the U.S.

    Download the head trauma infographic - In the graphic we cover: •the likelihood of young athletes sustaining head injuries •the top ten sports related to head injuries  •	statistics for second impact syndrome  •	concussion symptoms to be aware of in youth athletes •	and necessary actions that should be taken if symptoms are present. Courtesy of Georgetown University's masters in nursing program  http://online.nursing.georgetown.edu/ Download the head trauma infographic - In the graphic we cover:
    • the likelihood of young athletes sustaining head injuries
    • the top ten sports related to head injuries
    • statistics for second impact syndrome
    • concussion symptoms to be aware of in youth athletes
    • and necessary actions that should be taken if symptoms are present.
    Courtesy of Georgetown University's masters in nursing program
    http://online.nursing.georgetown.edu/

    If your child is involved in youth sports, educate yourself about the risk of injuries, especially concussions and any other injury that is particularly associated with your child’s chosen sport. Meet the Athletic Trainers on staff and if there are none available, advocate for one.

    WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

    Sports participation has become a major cause of serious injury among youth.

    Sports activities are the second most frequent cause of injury for both male and female adolescents.

    Each year it is estimated that more than five million children seek treatment in hospital emergency rooms because of sports injuries.

    Most sports injuries are preventable.

    Find free resources: The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine publishes specific injury prevention tip sheets for 20 different sports and activities.

    Sports First Aid Kits, Team Sports Safety Supplies, Coaches Medic Bags and Sports injury supplies - Ice Packs, Bandages & Cold Sprays, Athletic Tape and even a Mini Golf First Aid Kits.
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    — Think of Youth Sports Safety month as a time to insure that participation is always done in a manner that reduces the risk of injury.

    • Always make sure there is proper instruction in the rules and techniques necessary to engage in the sport. Proper supervision is necessary to avoid potentially dangerous behavior.
    • Equipment appropriate to safely playing the sport should always be used, including shoes, padding, and especially helmets when indicated. The risk of obtaining a concussion from a head injury can be great and lead to long-term health ramifications and emotional and cognitive problems.

    Sports provide wonderful opportunities to get exercise and learn about teamwork and leadership. They should always be done in a safe manner.

  • April is National Youth Sports Safety Month

    National Youth Sports Safety Month 

    Each year over 20 million kids in the US participate in sports and almost one million suffer serious sports related injuries.

    The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) initiated STOP Sports Injuries to prevent overuse and trauma injuries among young athletes. Other founding partner organizations include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics, National Athletic Trainers' Association, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, SAFE Kids USA, the Sports Physical Therapy Section (SPTS), and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

    Whether you lead a community nonprofit or are an athlete, coach, healthcare provider, or parent, we have the sports injury prevention tools to help make sure youth sports safety is a priority in your community. STOP Sports Injuries

    Sports related injuries account for 41% of musculoskeletal injuries in kids age 5-21 years. Sports-GiftMost injuries occur in 13 year olds, who are immature physically, emotionally and intellectually.Sprains, strains, overuse injuries and fractures are the most common youth sports injuries and children going through growth spurts or exercising without adequate rest periods are most vulnerable. Basketball, track, baseball, gymnastics, and swimming are the most common sports in which overuse injuries are seen.Most worrisome, 300,000 brain injuries per year are sports related and 20% of football players sustain traumatic brain injuries. 8 % of spinal cord injuries are sports injuries. Children are especially vulnerable to extremes of temperature and there have been deaths of high school football players due to heat stroke. These injuries and fatalities are preventable - cancel practice and games during extremes of weather.Experts recommend that kids involved in sports participate in a complete fitness and flexibility program to help identify imbalances and areas for improvement to prevent injuries.

    Sports Medicine, Sports First Aid Kits & Sports Injury Supplies...

    Whether you are the dedicated coach, the starting athlete, or a fan on the sidelines, you know that being involved with sports can mean being involved with injury.
    Our line of sports first aid and sports medicine products includes emphasis on the things you need to put injury behind you and get back in the game. A great selection of the best Sports First Aid Kits, and a selection of important Sports First Aid Supplies Below!

    All our first aid kits are big hits with leagues and coaches, but these all purpose Sports First Aid kits are our best sellers for Soccer, Football, Basketball, Hockey, Baseball, Softball, Badminton, Bowling, Cheerleading, Dance, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Hustleball, Lacrosse, and even little league, martial arts, pop warner, rugby, sailing, self defense, skating, swimming, t-ball, table tennis, tennis, track, volleyball & wrestling! (Don't forget to see our First Aid Fundraiser Program... Great for Sports Team Fundraising! )

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