Monthly Archives: April 2015

  • The Complications of Hemophilia: Bleeding issues

    Bleeding is always an issue, at life threatening to all in many situations, but for hemophiliacs, bleeding is always life threatening.

    Stopping bleeding fast is something everyone should know more about.blood-in-vessel

  • DEET, showers, and tick checks can stop ticks.

    Insect Repellent & Sting Relief Products Insect Repellent & Sting Relief Products

    Stop Ticks.

    Reduce your chances of getting a tickborne disease by using repellents, checking for ticks, and showering after being outdoors. If you have a tick bite followed by a fever or rash, seek medical attention.

    Gardening, camping, hiking, and playing outdoors – when enjoying these activities, don't forget to take steps to prevent bites from ticks that share the outdoors. Ticks can infect humans with bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause serious illness.

    Before You Go Outdoors

    • Know where to expect ticks. Ticks live in moist and humid environments, particularly in or near wooded or grassy areas. You may come into contact with ticks during outdoor activities around your home or when walking through leaf litter or near shrubs. Always walk in the center of trails in order to avoid contact with ticks.
    • Products containing permethrin kill ticks. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear and remain protective through several washings.
    • Use a repellent with DEET on skin. Repellents containing 20% or more DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) can protect up to several hours. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding the hands, eyes, and mouth. For detailed information about using DEET on children, see recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
    • For detailed information about tick prevention and control, see Avoiding Ticks. Detailed information for outdoor workers can be found at NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Tick-borne Diseases.

    After You Come Indoors

    Check your clothing for ticks. Ticks may be carried into the house on clothing. Any ticks that are found should be removed. Placing clothes into a dryer on high heat for at least an hour effectively kills ticks.

    Shower soon after being outdoors. Showering within two hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease. Showering may help wash off unattached ticks and it is a good opportunity to do a tick check.

    Check your body for ticks after being outdoors. Conduct a full body check upon return from potentially tick-infested areas, which even includes your back yard. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body. Check these parts of your body and your child's body for ticks:

    • Under the arms
    • In and around the ears
    • Inside belly button
    • Back of the knees
    • In and around the hair
    • Between the legs
    • Around the waist

    What to Do if You Find an Attached Tick

    Remove the attached tick as soon as you notice it by grasping with tweezers, as close to the skin as possible, and pulling it straight out. For detailed information about tick removal, see the tick removal page.

    Watch for signs of illness such as rash or fever in the days and weeks following the bite, and see a health care provider if these develop. Your risk of acquiring a tick-borne illness depends on many factors, including where you live, what type of tick bit you, and how long the tick was attached. If you become ill after a tick bite, see a health care provider.

    Reduce Ticks in Your Yard

    • Modify your landscape to create Tick-Safe Zones[6.82 MB]. Regularly remove leaf litter and clear tall grasses and brush around homes, and place wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to keep ticks away from recreational areas, and keep play areas and playground equipment away from away from shrubs, bushes, and other vegetation.
    • Consider using a chemical control agent. Effective tick control chemicals are available for use by the homeowner, or they can be applied by a professional pest control expert, and even limited applications can greatly reduce the number of ticks. A single springtime application of acaricide can reduce the population of ticks that cause Lyme disease by 68–100%.
    • Discourage deer. Removing plants that attract deer and constructing physical barriers may help discourage deer from entering your yard and bringing ticks with them.

    Prevent Ticks on Animals

    Use tick control products to prevent family pets from bringing ticks into the home. Tick collars, sprays, shampoos, or “top spot” medications should be used regularly to protect your animals and your family from ticks. Consult your veterinarian and be sure to use these products according to the package instructions. For more information on animals and health, see Preventing Ticks on Your Pet.
  • Worker's Memorial Day

    Take a moment to remember anyone you knew who lost their lives at work. Today is Workers' Memorial DayWokers-Memorial-Day

     

    Workers' Memorial Day is observed every year on April 28. It is a day to honor those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers. It is also the day OSHA was established in 1971. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

  • Monday Safety

    Mondays... if you are like Garfield, the last thing you want to do is sit right down and slog into a week of emails, phone calls and "Stuff".

    Why not make Monday your safety walk-through day instead?

    Safety-SmileStroll around your business each Monday and look for an major or minor safety issues. Make a list of things to take care of.

    Check housekeeping, signage, fire extinguishers.

    Look for slip, trip and fall hazards.

    See if your First Aid Kits or Cabinets need replenishment.

    Try to take a fresh look as an outsider would - is everything clear and safe?

    While you are strolling around, make everyone else's Monday better by saying hello, asking about their weekend and offering a smile!

  • Identify Your Tsunami Evacuation Route

    Are you Tsunami Safe? Even Midwesterners visit coastal areas. Know what to do - how to prepare, and know the routes you need to take to safety.

    TsunamiIf you live, work or play along the coast, identify your tsunami evacuation route.

    Even though tsunamis are rare, it is still important to prepare for one if you live, work or play on the coast. Many of the things you need to do to prepare for a tsunami are the same as those you need to do to prepare for the other hazards that may impact your community. But some actions are unique to tsunamis since response time may be limited. It is not hard, and it is not expensive. Here are some things you can do now to help protect yourself and your loved ones in case a tsunami ever strikes your community.

  • Are you Tsunami Ready? #TsunamiPrep #WRW

    Official tsunami warnings are broadcast through local radio and tv, wireless emergency alerts, NOAA Weather Radio and NOAA websites. They may also come through outdoor sirens, local officials, text message alerts and telephone notifications.Tsunami-Prep

    Also read:

    Learn about the four levels of tsunami alerts: http://1.usa.gov/1LyahtZ  #TsunamiPrep #WRW

  • Get to Know NOAA

    WRN-AmbassadorWe are Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors - Part of our obligation as such is to inform our readers about weather exigencies, and the agencies and resources that help us all plan and prepare for these.

    NOAA ( the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ) and their National Weather Service (NWS) provide weather, water and climate data and forecasts and warnings to protect life and property and enhance the national economy. Their vision is a Weather-Ready Nation, one that is prepared for and responds to weather-related events. Here’s what we’re doing to prepare the public for spring hazards.

    • NOAA issues a Spring Outlook to help the nation prepare for spring flooding and other hazards.
    • NWS warns the public about severe weather through Wireless Emergency Alerts and NOAA Weather Radio.
    • NWS works with local emergency managers to install Turn Around Don't Drown® signs in flood-prone areas every year.
    • NWS conducts public outreach on lightning safety, including developing Public Service Announcements for fishermen.
    • NWS issues Excessive Heat Outlooks, Watches and Warnings to alert the public.
    • NWS provides weather forecasts that are critical for wildland firefighters and managers across the nation.
    • NOAA's rip current and beach hazards safety website at www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov, along with social media, provides the public with lifesaving and educational information on all beach and surf zone hazards.
    • NWS operates two tsunami warning centers that monitor Earth for earthquakes and tsunamis and issue tsunami alerts to emergency managers and the public in the U.S.
  • Are You All Wet?

    Got a Plan for Spring Weather Surprises?

    Emergency PonchoEmergency Poncho 

    This emergency poncho is made of brightly colored Polyethylene for high visibility and safety. They store flat and take up very little storage space. Great to have around for rainy days...

    - Hooded Rain Poncho

    - Fabric: Polyethylene

    - Light weight

    - Easy to carry / convenient

    - One size fits all

    - Reusable

    - Measures: 50"-52" X 80"

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  • Updated Federal Motor Carrier Regulations Now Available

    DOT2Updated Through March 2015 - Transportation industry employers and administrators can now easily access and understand regulations concerning them, as well as those of their drivers. Made with Mancomm's RegLogic®, the DOT FMCSR + Book helps you find Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations with ease. FMCSR + Plus Edition applies to transportation industry administrators and enforcers of regulations. Includes Parts 40, 325-399, and Appendices A-G to Subchapter B.

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations changes include:DOT

    • Part 390 has been modified to comply with the Reliable Home Heating (RHH) Act by amending the emergency relief provision.
    • Parts 392 and 396 have been revised to remove the requirement for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers operating in interstate commerce to submit, and motor carriers retain, DVIRs when the driver has neither found, nor been made aware of, any vehicle defects or deficiencies. This rule also harmonizes the pre- and post-trip inspection lists.
  • Happy Earth Day

    If our Earth is Happy, we will be too.green-earth

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