Monthly Archives: October 2014

  • Happy Haloween!


  • Cell Phones Can Alert Individuals to Severe Weather

    As Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors we want to remind you that in the fall, severe weather such as tornadoes and flash flooding can occur without warning. FEMA reminds the public to be aware of severe weather conditions in the area and know how to prepare

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    for the unexpected. When severe weather occurs, imminent threat weather alerts can be sent directly to cell phones to give users a critical window of time to follow directions and to find safety.

    These imminent threat weather alerts are just one type of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) that are sent directly to cell phones. The National Weather Service Forecast Offices send imminent threat weather alerts for severe weather warnings for tornadoes, flash floods, extreme wind, tsunami, hurricane, typhoon and dust storms. Local public safety officials may also send WEAs to cell phones for a wide range of emergency warnings.

    Cell phones capable of receiving WEAs grab attention with a unique tone and vibration designed to alert individuals to an imminent threat in the area. All that is needed is a wireless device that receives the 90-character WEA messages. No signups are necessary to receive the free WEA alerts. WEAs are sent from cell towers in a warning area and resemble text messages. However, unlike text messages, WEAs use one-way cell broadcast technology that ensures the alerts will not get backlogged during times of emergency when networks are highly congested. The WEA is a “heads-up” that there is dangerous weather in the area. Local radio and TV sources can provide detailed warning information about the threat.

    The availability of WEA alerts will depend on wireless carrier’s network availability and if individuals have a handset that can receive WEAs. To determine if a wireless device can receive WEA alerts, contact the appropriate wireless carrier for more information or check online. For a list of public safety agencies using WEA, visit State AMBER Coordinators in coordination with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children can also send WEAs for missing children and if ever an extreme national emergency were to occur, a presidential WEA could be sent to wireless devices.

    States and counties interested in becoming alerting authorities can go to for more information. Toolkits and other resources are also available online.

  • Halloween Fire Safety

    Halloween is nearly upon us - Be Scary but Safe! While Halloween in many areas is a festive time, it does come with fire hazards. By following some simple safety tips you can ensure a safe Halloween for you and your family.

    • IMG_5175Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks.
    • When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric.
    • Choose costumes made out of material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.
    • If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can clearly see out of them.
    • Keep decorations such as cornstalks, crepe paper and other flammable decorations away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs, candles etc.
    • Use a glow stick or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. Make sure children are supervised at all times when candles are lit.
    •  Remember to always have working smoke alarms.


  • 8 Safety Tips For Using Your Log Splitter This Winter

    A log splitter, like any other power tool in your shed, can quickly become a safety hazard if it is not used correctly. With cold weather setting in for the next few months, we are dreading the reports of accidents and fatalities that will begin to trickle in as more and more people pull their splitters out to cut up firewood. By sticking with the 8 following safety tips, however, you will ensure that you are using your machine as safely and efficiently as possible.

    1. Switch it off before transportation
      If you ever need to move your splitter to another location, whether you’re lending it to a friend or taking it out into the forest somewhere, it is vital that you double-check it has been turned off. It can also be a good idea to remove the spark plug to prevent accidental starting.
    2. Wear protective clothing
      Whenever you are using a log splitter, you need to make sure that you are wearing the appropriate clothing. This includes sturdy footwear (preferably steel toed boots), safety goggles and gloves. It is also a good idea to remove any jewelry and avoid loose clothing.
    3. Watch what you’re doing
      You need to make sure that you all of your attention is focused on the task at hand. Never try to load a new log into the machine until the pusher has come to a complete stop. And always keep your hands, feet, hair and loose clothing away from moving parts to prevent getting caught.
    4. Keep children and pets away
      If you have children or pets, it is vital that they are kept away whenever you are using the splitter to prevent accident or injury. Never allow your kids to turn the machine on; even teenagers should be properly trained before allowing them to do this.
    5. Make sure you are sober
      If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol or are taking medication that can affect your ability to operate power equipment (this will be indicated on the packaging), put off the task for another time. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
    6. Keep the area tidy and well lit
      The location where you are intending to use the splitter needs to be well illuminated so that you can see what’s going on. You also need to make sure that the area is kept tidy (by removing debris as you work) so that you lessen the risk of an accident occurring.
    7. Make sure fittings are secure
      As you work, it is important to regularly check your machine to ensure that its screws, nuts, bolts and other fittings are secure. If you notice them becoming loose (which can occur as a result of vibrations) make sure that you tighten them before resuming work.
    8. Examine each log before loading it into the machine
      It may seem time-consuming, but it is important to closely inspect every log before you split it. This will allow you to remove any nails or other foreign objects (that can damage your log splitter) and to ensure that any branches are cut flush with the trunk.
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    When it comes to using your log splitter over the coming winter, it is vital that you have taken every safety precaution possible. This is especially important if you are planning on taking the machine to a remote location to cut up firewood – if something were to go wrong, it could take a long time for help to arrive. By following each of the above 8 safety tips, you can rest assured that you have done everything in your power to be safe.

    hand-power-tool-safety-tileHand and power tools are used every day in many types of business. They make our work easier and allow us to be more efficient. However, we often fail to see the hazards these tools present.

    Our training products on "Hand and Power Tool Safety" show how accidents can be significantly reduced by applying good general safety rules, and review what hazards are associated with the specific types of tools employees use. Topics covered in these products include:

    • Choosing tools that fit you and the job.
    • Protecting yourself and others from tool-related hazards.
    • Personal protective equipment.
    • The special hazards associated with electric power tools.
    • Tool care and maintenance.
    • and more.

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    Also read Winter Fire Safety

  • Autumn Health and Safety

    While the media is full of Ebola updates, other concerns should not be forgotten this Fall. Enterovirus, Rabbit Fever and other concerns are actually more likely to affect Americans directly than Ebola. Of course, too, we are at the beginning of cough, could and flu season - so it's time to get ready for that.

    Have a safe and healthy Halloween.

    Make Halloween festivities fun, safe, and healthy for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

    Read these tips and articles:

    ake steps to prevent the flu.

    The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year in the fall. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands often. Stay home if you get sick.

    • Flu Season Is Around the Corner
    • Seasonal Flu Vaccination
    • Take 3 Actions to Fight the Flu -

      CDC urges you to take the following actions to protect yourself and others from influenza (the flu): 

      Step One

      Take time to get a flu vaccine.

      Take time to get a flu vaccine like this young boy from an older female nurse.

      • CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
      • While there are many different flu viruses, a flu vaccine protects against the three or four viruses that research suggests will be most common. (See upcoming season’s Vaccine Virus Selection for this season’s vaccine composition.)
      • Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.
      • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as the current season's vaccines are available.
      • Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
      • People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
      • Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to high risk people.
      • Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.
      Step Two

      Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

      Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs like this mother teaching her young child to wash hands.

      • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
      • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
      • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
      • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
      • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
      • See Everyday Preventive Actions[257 KB, 2 pages] and Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) for more information about actions – apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine – that people and communities can take to help slow the spread of illnesses like influenza (flu).
      Step 3

      Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

      Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them like this older woman listening to her doctor.

      • If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can treat your illness.
      • Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.
      • Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For people with high risk factors[702 KB, 2 pages], treatment with an antiviral drug can mean the difference between having a milder illness versus a very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay.
      • Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within 2 days of getting sick, but starting them later can still be helpful, especially if the sick person has a high-risk health or is very sick from the flu. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking this drug.
      • Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

    Get smart about antibiotics.

    Antibiotics can cure bacterial infections, but not viral infections. The common cold and the flu are viral infections, so avoid using antibiotics if you have one of these. Using antibiotics when they are not needed causes some bacteria to become resistant to the antibiotic, and therefore stronger and harder to kill. See your doctor or nurse to find out if your illness is bacterial or viral.

  • CDC Updates on Personal Protective Equipment To Be Used for Ebola

    What should you use to protect against Ebola Virus infection? The CDC released new guidelines specifically for the current epidemic.

    Remember that Ebola is spread through direct contact (e.g., through broken skin or through mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, or mouth) with blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola or with objects (e.g., needles, syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus.

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    The CDC recommends this type of sanitizer/disinfectant:

    • SaniZideUse a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered hospital disinfectant with a label claim for a non-enveloped virus (e.g., norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, poliovirus) to disinfect environmental surfaces in rooms of patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus infection. Although there are no products with specific label claims against the Ebola virus, enveloped viruses such as Ebola are susceptible to a broad range of hospital disinfectants used to disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces. In contrast, non-enveloped viruses are more resistant to disinfectants. As a precaution, selection of a disinfectant product with a higher potency than what is normally required for an enveloped virus is being recommended at this time. EPA-registered hospital disinfectants with label claims against non-enveloped viruses (e.g., norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, poliovirus) are broadly antiviral and capable of inactivating both enveloped and non-enveloped viruses.
    • Sanizide Germicidal Solution is a disinfectant with label claims against non-enveloped viruses (Norovirus & Poliovirus)

    The following procedures provide detailed guidance on the types of personal protective equipment (PPE) to be used and on the processes for donning and doffing (i.e., putting on and removing) PPE for all healthcare workers entering the room of a patient hospitalized with Ebola virus disease (Ebola). The guidance in this document reflects lessons learned from the recent experiences of U.S. hospitals caring for Ebola patients and emphasizes the importance of training, practice, competence, and observation of healthcare workers in correct donning and doffing of PPE selected by the facility.

    This guidance contains the following key principles:

    1. Prior to working with Ebola patients, all healthcare workers involved in the care of Ebola patients must have received repeated training and have demonstrated competency in performing all Ebola-related infection control practices and procedures, and specifically in donning/doffing proper PPE.
    2. While working in PPE, healthcare workers caring for Ebola patients should have no skin exposed.
    3. The overall safe care of Ebola patients in a facility must be overseen by an onsite manager at all times, and each step of every PPE donning/doffing procedure must be supervised by a trained observer to ensure proper completion of established PPE protocols.

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  • Clean, Treat, Protect: First Aid for cuts and scrapes

    How should one give first aid for a cut or scrape? Throw on a bandaid and move on?  No - there's more to it than that.

    Remember that 99% of cuts and scrapes come from the body contacting a foreign item... these things that break through your skin (which is, of course your body's protection against all outside matter) are covered in germs, bacteria, dirt, and possibly viruses. These nasty things have now entered your body - don't just seal them in to breed and infect!

    Wash the wound thoroughly with warm water and antibacterial soap or a cleansing wipe. Better yet, both! Get all those contaminants out.

    Apply a first aid cream or antibiotic ointment to the wound to kill anything remaining and help the body begin repairing the damaged tissue.

    Now that you've prepared the wound for healing, you can cover it up. Apply a clean  sterile dressing or bandage and let the healing begin!

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  • Silent but Violent

    Carbon Monoxide: Know The Risks

    CO2Carbon Monoxide is a highly poisonous substance known as the silent killer, as it is difficult to spot thanks to its lack of taste, color or smell. On average, about 170 people in the United States die every year from CO produced by non-automotive consumer products. These products include malfunctioning fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, ranges, water heaters and room heaters; engine-powered equipment such as portable generators; fireplaces; and charcoal that is burned in homes and other enclosed areas. In 2005 alone, at least 94 generator-related CO poisoning deaths. Forty-seven of these deaths were known to have occurred during power outages due to severe weather, including Hurricane Katrina. Still others die from CO produced by non-consumer products, such as cars left running in attached garages. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that several thousand people go to hospital emergency rooms every year to be treated for CO poisoning.

    CO2-4Carbon Monoxide is produced by the incomplete burning of gas and Liquid Petroleum Gas. Oil and solid fuels like coal and wood can also produce carbon monoxide, as can poorly maintained gas appliances.

    Even if you breathe in a small amount of carbon monoxide it can be harmful. The lethal substance slows down the blood’s capacity to carry oxygen to body tissues and vital organs. Without oxygen your body tissue and cells die.

    Formula: CO
    Density: 1.15 kg/m³
    Molar mass: 28.01 g/mol
    IUPAC ID: Carbon monoxide
    Melting point: -337°F (-205°C)
    Boiling point: -312.7°F (-191.5°C)

    Dial 911

    CO2-2The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include nausea, poor concentration, apathy, flu-like symptoms and vertigo. It is essential you seek medical advice from an emergency medical team if you notice any of the above. This is especially poignant in pregnant women as a study has shown that foetal death and brain damage happen when carbon monoxide levels in the mother are high enough to make her lose consciousness.

    Learn from your mistakes

    Millions of homes in the US do not have carbon monoxide detectors – by installing such a simple piece of equipment into our home you can sleep easier knowing that you’re not at risk. Other tips:


    • CO2-3Make sure appliances are installed and operated according to the manufacturer's instructions and local building codes. Most appliances should be installed by qualified professionals. Have the heating system professionally inspected and serviced annually to ensure proper operation. The inspector should also check chimneys and flues for blockages, corrosion, partial and complete disconnections, and loose connections.
    • Never service fuel-burning appliances without proper knowledge, skill and tools. Always refer to the owners manual when performing minor adjustments or servicing fuel-burning equipment.
    • Never operate a portable generator or any other gasoline engine-powered tool either in or near an enclosed space such as a garage, house, or other building. Even with open doors and windows, these spaces can trap CO and allow it to quickly build to lethal levels.
    • Install a CO alarm that meets the requirements of the current UL 2034 safety standard. A CO alarm can provide some added protection, but it is no substitute for proper use and upkeep of appliances that can produce CO. Install a CO alarm in the hallway near every separate sleeping area of the home. Make sure the alarm cannot be covered up by furniture or draperies.
    • Never use portable fuel-burning camping equipment inside a home, garage, vehicle or tent unless it is specifically designed for use in an enclosed space and provides instructions for safe use in an enclosed area.
    • Never burn charcoal inside a home, garage, vehicle, or tent.
    • Never leave a car running in an attached garage, even with the garage door open.
    • Never use gas appliances such as ranges, ovens, or clothes dryers to heat your home.
    • Never operate unvented fuel-burning appliances in any room where people are sleeping.
    • Do not cover the bottom of natural gas or propane ovens with aluminum foil. Doing so blocks the combustion air flow through the appliance and can produce CO.
    • During home renovations, ensure that appliance vents and chimneys are not blocked by tarps or debris. Make sure appliances are in proper working order when renovations are complete.

    About Carbon Monoxide Detectors

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) "Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention"

    CPSC Recommends Carbon Monoxide Alarms for Every Home, see The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that every home have carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on each level outside each sleeping area. In addition, CPSC urges consumers to have an annual professional inspection of all fuel- burning appliances -- including furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, clothes dryers, water heaters, and space heaters -- to detect deadly carbon monoxide leaks.

    Underwriters' Laboratory Product Safety Tips - Carbon Monoxide Alarms

    Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) "Your Home and Your Health" "What You Need to Know about Carbon Monoxide Detectors"

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  • Bad-Ass Survival Gear

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    Anyway... Experts collaborate to make some of the most awesome Survival Gear available - then we offer it to our readers at discount. That rocks.

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    • Publisher and Editor of Equipped to Survive
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    • Leading authority in the areas of survival and survival equipment and supplies
    • Has personally interviewed nearly 120 survivors of aviation, marine, and wilderness survival episodes to gain insight into essential survival
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    • Mountain Rescue Volunteer
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    • Editor-in-Chief for Wilderness Medicine, the official magazine for Wilderness Medical Society
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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!
  • Free OSHA Safety Posters

    How can you get free Safety Posters?

    Well, ALL our Safety Meeting Kits and Regulatory Compliance Kits include a free safety poster for the topic (see all below) but you can also download this one free now:

    OSHA's Free Workplace Poster

    Full Size - 12.5" x 17.5"

    *Note: OSHA requires that reproductions or facsimiles of the poster be at least 8.5" x 14" inches with 10 point type.


    Job Safety and Health: It's the Law (Revised 2013)

    ? What is the OSHA poster and why do I need it?

    The OSHA Job Safety and Health: It's the Law poster, available for free from OSHA, informs workers of their rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. All covered employers are required to display the poster in their workplace. Employers do not need to replace previous versions of the poster. Employers must display the poster in a conspicuous place where workers can see it.

    If you are in a state with an OSHA-approved state plan, there may be a state version of the OSHA poster. Federal government agencies must use the Federal Agency Poster.

    ? How do I get a copy?

    You can get a copy of the OSHA poster in several ways:

    • Order a print copy online from the OSHA Publications Web page. The English version is publication number 3165. The Spanish version is publication number 3167.
    • Order a print copy by phone. Call OSHA's toll-free number at 1-800-321-6742 (OSHA) or the OSHA Publications Office at 202-693-1888.
    • Download a copy from the OSHA Web site. Note: OSHA requires that reproductions or facsimiles of the poster be at least 8.5" x 14" inches with 10 point type. Please see the instructions below for downloading a compliant version of the poster.

    Downloading Instructions: (Click to show instructions)

    1. Right-click on the hyperlinks below to download the PDF version of the poster. Save the file to a directory of your choice, and then open the Adobe Acrobat Reader program to load the file. For best results, the files should not be printed directly from your Web browser.
    2. For local PC printing, it is recommended that you use a high-resolution laser or wax-transfer type printer for color reproductions, and that the printer have at least 1 MB of memory. For black and white reproductions, it is still advisable to use a laser printer which is capable of producing at least 300 dpi resolution.
    3. When preparing to print from a personal computer, check to ensure that the target printer has the ability to produce the proper paper size (the minimum size is 8.5 x 14 inches). Set the Adobe Acrobat printer settings to "Shrink to Fit" and make sure to select the proper paper tray.

    NOTE: The particular variables and configurations for each printer may vary, so these instructions are only general.

    ? Is the poster available in other languages?

    The poster is available in Korean, Nepali, Spanish, Polish and Portuguese. (The Polish and Portuguese versions are available online only.)

    OSHA regulations do not specify or require employers to display the OSHA poster in a foreign language. However, OSHA encourages employers with Spanish-speaking workers to also display the Spanish version of the poster.

    See Posting requirements for notices in other languages (OSHA Letter of Interpretation, Nov. 12, 2004).

    ? What's the law?

    OSHA's regulations on the OSHA poster are at 29 CFR 1903.2.

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